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Trataka (in Sanskrit, n., त्राटक, trāṭaka, to look, or to gaze) is the practice of staring at some external object. It is used in yoga as a way of developing concentration, strengthening the eyes, and stimulating the Ajna chakra.
In its first stage, the practitioner fixes his attention on a symbol or yantra, such as the Om symbol, a black dot, or the image of some deity, and stares at it, paying attention to each thought and feeling as it arises, and letting them go, so that the mind is completely absorbed in the symbol. The practice continues until the eyes begin to water, at which point they are closed, and relaxed.
The second stage is staring at a candle flame. The practice is the same up until the eyes begin to water, after which the eyes are closed, and the yogi tries to concentrate on the after image, and hold it for as long as possible. At first, it will be a real after-image, but later, it will exist only in the mind's eye, and the exercise in concentration comes from trying to maintain it there for a long period of time.
Trataka is supposedly the technique which sadhakas use to develop psychic powers. Trataka on the Sun or one's own mirror image is considered to be extremely powerful, but without a guru's assistance it can be dangerous to try these.
Originally posted by Nventual
I want to find balance and peace and relax my mind to prevent over-analyzing and consequently be able to channel my wisdom to my conscious better.
your right hemisphere of your brain controls your left hand, and your left hemisphere controls your right hand.
You are your entire environment around you, and realizing this is the entire point of the meditation, because "you" and "your environment" are both only in your own mind, and there they are one!!
Originally posted by ATSGUY
I have just started practicing with my left hand and doing other things with it to help build up the area of the brain that connects the two hemisphers.
The left hand eye is connected to the right hand occipital lobe and vice-versa. The right hand side of the brain also controls the left hand side of the body.