Treatak or visual meditation: ancient technique to quiet the mind
November 06, 2018
Treatk means "to fix the gaze". It is based on the concentration on a visual stimulus in order to direct the mind towards a single point. It is traditionally done by contemplating the flame of a candle without looking away. Light creates a strong impression on the eye and the mind can easily retain the image when the eyes are closed. It can also be done with a significant image and visual power such as a yantra or geometric symbols. Its objectives are eye stimulation, as well as unifying mental energy and developing the ability to concentrate. But the practice of Tratak can go much further, since the prolongation of the state of concentration gives rise to the appearance of the meditative state. You want to know more? Read what follows.
How to practice the Treatk?The most favorable times to practice Treatak are early in the morning and at night before going to bed. Do the practice in a room where there are no drafts. Leave the room in complete darkness.
- Sit cross-legged and try to maintain a comfortable posture. In general, practitioners of meditation sit on a zafu. This cushion has the function of allowing the pelvis to tilt forward and the knees to rest on the floor, achieving an adequate lumbar curve. A balanced and stable posture is achieved.
- Light a candle and place it one meter away from you so that the flame is at the same height as your eyes. The wick must be quite straight.
- Take a few deep breaths for 5 minutes, focusing your attention there.
- When the mind has begun to calm down, focus your gaze on the flame, trying to blink as little as possible, do not force your eyes too much.
- Continue closing your eyes and trying to visualize the flame between your eyebrows.
- Start with 10 minutes and gradually increase the practice time.