When I close my eyes, either standing or sitting, my attention goes inward. There’s something about the visual world being shut out that starts me towards feeling settled again. Things slow down. I may have a number of thoughts going on, and various tensions in my body, but there’s something that kicks in that begins to dismantle the stress.
Maybe it has something to do with associating closed eyes with sleep and the process of beginning to forget about the day. Shutting eyes is a natural curative for toomuchness. My breath gets deeper. The thoughts that seemed so important start to become abstract. The sensations and tensions in my body began to fade out.
We’re biologically built with this mechanism to renew and soothe ourselves. Give it a try for a moment. Close your lap top, set your phone down, step away from your computer screen…sit down and close your eyes. I’ll do it too….
…It’s the next day. When I closed my eyes, it was around 11 at night, and I realized I was tired and needed sleep. So I went to bed.
How about you? What was your experience?