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Eyes Closed or Eyes Open: Sharing From Personal Experience

This video continues on our previous article, “Meditation: Eyes Open or Eyes Closed.” In this video, I will discuss the topic of meditating with eyes closed or open and how I started practising with eyes open. I will share some suggestions and my personal experience with meditation with eyes closed or open and explain why I mostly meditate with eyes open today.

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Books and Articles Mentioned

Austin, J. H. (1999). Zen and the brain: Toward an understanding of meditation and consciousness. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press Ltd.

Rinpoche, S. (2002). The Tibetan book of living and dying (2nd revised edition ed.). London: Rider & Co.

Sprawson, I., Wood, J., & Mantzios, M. (2020). “And now close your eyes or lower your gaze”: Exploring novice meditators and their attentional processes during meditation. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 4, 369–378. doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s41465-020-00175-3

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