Many times people ask, "Why do you meditate with your eyes open?" Well, most of our lives are spent with our eyes open, and we've always had this myth that we are supposed to sit in a corner, silence our mind, close our eyes, and then meditate. It's not true. Open eye meditation allows the consciousness in the soul to build more focus as it maintains an inner awareness of the self's real personality.
A few days ago, I spoke with someone on the telephone in which he said, "Sister Jenna, I just haven't been able to find the time to meditate." I said, "How could that be? Aren't you walking and moving around?" You can meditate even while moving around. I had to bring to his awareness that meditation is actually an awareness. That's why when we start to practice to meditate with our eyes open, we are able to be more aware of what we are thinking and who we are. When we come to know ourselves better by listening to what our thoughts are saying we are, we are more in control of the direction we wish our lives to go. So, open eye meditation is not a new concept; it has been around for a long time. What it means is to remain alert, keep your eyes open but check what you are thinking. Check if your gravity will root in the right awareness of who you are. "Who am I?" "I am a soul!" My natural nature is love, peace and purity. If you have that awareness when you are walking or moving around, then you are meditating. Can you believe it?
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