Lift Your Gaze
In meditation, lift your gaze above the inner horizon. Seek the light of wisdom at the third eye center as one waits for the sun at dawn.
~ Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian
A basic tool used to quiet your mind when you sit to meditate is to focus on the quality of your breath — feeling the quality of the air when you inhale, feeling your chest and abdomen rise, then feeling the quality of the air as you exhale. We often teach the technique of imagining that you are breathing through the third eye or the spiritual eye, that point just above and between the eyebrows. In the philosophy of Yoga, this is an important energetic point in our subtle body, the sixth chakra. The sixth chakra is associated with wisdom and intuition. In her book, the Jewel of Abundance Yogacharya O'Brian says "Lifting our awareness to these centers (higher chakras)....encourages vital force to flow upward and contributes to being more awake, aware, and open to inspiration." You can practice this any time during the day, just by taking one conscious breath with awareness at the third eye. Lift your gaze and seek the light of wisdom.