Meditation is the practice of focusing the mind and becoming more present in the moment. While many forms of meditation require practitioners to close their eyes, most people are not open to being still and silent for even a quarter of an hour at a time. They want to find time to meditate while traveling or doing active work.
This is possible by practicing a different type of meditation—Open eye meditation and dynamic meditation. These two meditative forms encourage individuals to meditate with their eyes open and even while in motion.
Open eye meditation and dynamic meditation are two different types of meditation practices, and there are unique benefits associated with both practices. Here’s an overview of the benefits of each practice:
What is open eye meditation?
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OPEN YOUR EYES Open eye meditation has individuals meditating with their eyes open to promote mindful presence
Open eye meditation involves focusing the mind and practicing mindfulness while keeping the eyes open. During the practice, the eyes remain relaxed, still, and unfocused while the mind remains centered and focused.
In open eye meditation, you find a quiet space, relax your eyes, set an intention that aligns with your specific needs and focus on one object or on breathing.
This promotes mindful presence and serves as a tool for relaxation and focus. Whether in daily life situations or in specific meditative practice, open eye meditation provides a balance between focus, relaxation, mindfulness, and deep awareness. Just as with closed-eye meditation, it’s all about practice, persistence, and repetition. Unlike traditional meditation practices, this technique encourages practitioners to focus their attention on the external world, without being attached to or distracted by it.
What is dynamic meditation?
Dynamic meditation is an active form of meditation that combines elements of free movement, breathwork, and mindfulness to promote relaxation and stress relief. The practice aims to help individuals release their pent-up emotions, negative energy, and emotional blockages. Through the process, practitioners are said to experience intense feelings of joy, peace, and inner calm.
The practice consists of five stages, each of which lasts up to 10 minutes. The stages include intense breathing, cathartic release, dancing or jumping, stillness, and relaxation.
Here’s a closer look at each stage:
1. Intense breathing: The first stage of dynamic meditation involves deep, rapid breathing that exerts the lungs and oxygenates the body. The goal is to stimulate the body to release any tension and stored emotions.
2. Cathartic release: In this stage, participants are encouraged to express their feelings through shouting, screaming, or making any kind of sound. Emotions like anger, frustration, and tension are released to enable the individual to let go of negative emotions.
SHOUT, SHOUT, LET IT ALL OUT In dynamic meditation, a cathartic release has participants expressing their feelings through shouting, screaming, or making any kind of sound
3. Dancing or jumping: The third stage involves dancing or jumping while listening to fast-paced music. The goal is to use physical movement to release energy and stimulate the body. This stage helps to activate the body’s natural healing processes.
FOOTLOOSE Dancing or jumping is utilized in dynamic meditation so that the person can release energy and stimulate their body
4. Stillness: The fourth stage of dynamic meditation involves stepping into stillness and just standing, not moving, and not thinking. The objective is to let the body’s energy settle down, encourage inner peace, and focus on the present moment.
5. Relaxation: Finally, in the last stage of dynamic meditation, individuals lie down to relax and let the mind and body rest. This stage aims to help practitioners experience deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and peace.
Dynamic meditation is a powerful technique that can help individuals release negative energy, emotions, and tension. It’s a simple practice that can be done by anyone, regardless of age, gender, or physical ability.
By incorporating dynamic meditation into your daily routine, you can experience improved physical and mental health, increased mindfulness, and inner peace.
In summary, both open-eye and dynamic meditation practices can promote relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve overall mental and physical health. The specific benefits of each practice will depend on the individual practitioner’s goals and preferences, as well as openness and diligence.