Does anyone meditate blindfolded, and if yes, Why? What sort of meditation experiences do you have when wearing a blindfold and how do they differ from a meditation without a blindfold?
asked 06 Jul '12, 19:22
Many years back when I first started getting interested in metaphysical ideas, I also experimented with sensory deprivation ideas.
What I used to do was wear a blindfold - an eye-mask, actually - to block out all light and put in ear plugs (to block out all sound). In fact, if I remember correctly, I even cut a table tennis ball in half and put each half over each closed eye under the blindfold to enhance the light-blocking.
My eyelids are fairly thin so even if I shut my eyelids but still sit in a bright room, I still sense the light. That might be a major reason why I feel I am so bad at visualization and why I searched for ways to avoid visualizing.
I remember feeling the blindfold did help in picking up visual impressions during those sessions - though sitting in an extremely dark room would also achieve the same effect.
Other than that, I don't see what other advantages there could be to wearing a blindfold.
answered 07 Jul '12, 04:26
The only time I have meditated with a blindfold, with an eye-mask actually, was on a long flight recently and it was one of the best meditation experience I have had.
I remember thinking I should wear eye-mask even at home while meditating.
But, more than the blindfold/eye-mask, I think it was the rushing through to get to the airport, through the security and all that stressful stuff and then the eventually settling down on your seat that demands your body and mind to relax. By that time, most people want some shut-eye..
So I guess, I was ready for some relaxing meditation.
But I think I should try it at home as well. During the morning meditation, I like the windows open for fresh morning air so this would be a good way to make it completely dark. It cannot harm:)
answered 08 Jul '12, 01:48
Recently i've been meditating blindfolded but keeping my ears exosed to hieghten my hearing. It also elevates it seems your sense of touch as your more aware of atmospheric changes in pressure from the wind outside , some1 walikg in through a door in the house etc. It also helps from visual distraction and the journey inward seems more..... not intense but easier. Also i've been performing some daily tasks like making tea, using the bathroom just walking around and you'd be surprised how many times you go to reach for a light lol , or think of looking out a window when hearing something.It feels great to be honest , all external visual distractions are practically gone and your able to confront your inner being i believe and reduce negative habbits. When i meditate withought a blindfold i feel more distracted and aching to just get the session over. the blindfold seems to make it more fun. I say if you try this and enjoy it thats definately a plus.
answered 28 Jan '13, 16:19
Meditating blindfolded is the same thing as with eyes close you are in darkness(the window of the house are blinfolded).If you are not able to keep aware with open eyes and see in the light, how will you do it in the dark? If you do it in the dark you can see image comes to you.Like a dream state.where you put your heart and mind also so will you be.It is like seing a 1 hour movie in a fee minutes.
Who is the observer? Who is the observed?Who is the house?Who is the temple? Where are the windows?Where is the lamp of the body?
The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. http://bible.cc/matthew/6-22.htm
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