posted on Feb, 11 2014 @ 09:30 AM
Don't know if this is the correct section to post this... Mixing meditation techniques with survival and science.
I was just wondering is anybody here on ATS familiar with the technique of walking with eyes unfocused. One could also call it a sort of walking
meditation, however, that is maybe not the original use of it. I remember reading somewhere that Tibetan monks that were trained as messengers used
this technique to travel in the night. Walking or running with eyes unfocused is a peripheral vision technique. What many do not know, is that
actually human vision is better in the dark of night than in the light of day. The human eye can detect single photons, but it will not produce a
conscious image in your brain. Thus, to enter a meditative state of this technique sensitizes your brain to subliminally process this incoming faint
light that the eye registers.
I have also tried this technique during pitch black nights on difficult terrain, surprisingly, I could not navigate the same route in such a short
time during daylight. Another interesting thing also was that even when I did not physically or consciously see anything, I did not bump into anything
nor do I remember making turns or perceiving elevation differences. It seems almost like there is too much visual information during the day that
prevents choosing the optimum route during the day.
Besides being known by Tibetans, there is also the interesting connection to Carlos Castaneda and his power walking which seems very similar. I
actually learned about Castaneda only after I was introduced to this technique.
is an interesting article about the Castaneda connection with
Yoga and Buddhism.
Thoughts, experiences and comments are welcome.