Drishti, meaning “pure seeing,” is to the eyes what asana (posture) is to the body. Correct drishti helps keep the body in the correct alignment and the mind focused on the task at hand. Directing the gaze physically impacts the optic nerve as it travels from the eyes to the center of the brain. During meditation and other activities, different eye positions cause the optic nerve to apply variable pressures to major glands and gray matter. The power of drishti depends on where you direct your focus. Gazing in different directions can elicit responses that improve the flow of energy in the regions where your attention is placed.
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