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Winter Meditation - Trataka त्राटक

Updated: Feb 17

During our waking hours, our minds are usually filled with many thoughts, good and bad. The mind tends to stay in a state of disturbance and distraction, leaving us scattered and unable to be present. The practice of Trataka (flame gazing) can end the mind's distractions, enhance our ability to concentrate, increase the power of memory, and bring the mind into a state of supreme awareness, attention, and focus.

Gazing into the flame generates energy. As the eye's lens concentrates on the light and heat, it moves onto the retina through the optical nerves to the rear of the brain. This energy increases in the pineal gland, known as the "Third Eye," converting light into electromagnetic energy responsible for the entire body's glandular system.

Light a candle or ghee lamp, or find a comfortable seated position on a chair bolster or yoga blanket to keep the spine erect. Ensuring that the inner energy can flow smoothly through the subtle channels (Nadis) in the body.

Begin by taking a few deep breaths and focusing on the flame. As thoughts arise, acknowledge them and let them go. If the eyes close, let your inner Self look at the flame, focus on its "image," and notice how it may change. It may glow brightly and grow dim, only to glow brightly again. It may change colors and size. Bring your attention to the space between and just above your eyebrows, the Ajna Chakra, and the third eye-pineal gland connection.

The practice of Trataka will bring greater awareness and a relaxed state of mind, enhance brain wave function, and bring a more in-depth knowledge of the Self, all leading to enlightenment.

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