We all have, at some point in our lives, have experienced anxiety. It’s a normal emotion that a person feels BUT if one lets it develop into an anxiety disorder then it is a serious condition that he/she is dealing with. Over the years, the term anxiety has become quite common. It makes you overthink even the tiniest decisions, you are constantly fidgeting, your patience runs low, your self-doubt and it also makes you cancel on plans and social commitments because you feel like you can’t breathe with too many people around you. If you go through such feelings, then you might be dealing with anxiety.
“One of the challenges with pain–physical or psychic–is that we can really only approach it through metaphor. It can’t be represented the way a table or a body can. In some ways, pain is the opposite of language.” – John Green, Turtles All the Way Down
There are happy days and sad days, but things become worse when the sadness lingers somewhere inside you, becomes a little too comfortable, and makes your body it’s home. It becomes painful to breathe, to live! That’s when the domino effect begins where we ‘pretend’ to be happy and okay, and somewhere in the middle of that ‘pretend’, you forget to ‘live’ your life. With anxiety comes to stress and other mental health problems, which will end up ruining your life unless taken care of on time. While you must have heard of some common ways to deal with anxiety like a proper diet, sound sleep, seeking help, exercise, and thinking positive, but here we are, to share with you a different way which will help you get rid of your problems.
Before introducing to you what ‘Jyoti Trakata’ is, let us go through the symptoms and types of anxiety disorders. A nervous disorder marked by excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks, anxiety can be classified into four types. The Generalised Anxiety Disorder makes a person feel anxious on most days, worrying about different things for a period or 6 months or more. The second one, Social Anxiety is the intense fear that someone has of being criticized, embarrassed, or humiliated while socializing. Then there are some specific phobias that someone can have like fear of height or water or anything in particular. The last one is Panic Disorder in which the attacks are intense and uncontrollable combined with physical symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, excess perspiration, dizziness, and palpitation.
‘Jyoti Trakata’ aims to induce relaxation and calmness by improving the sleep pattern, achieving a more balanced state of mind and emotional stability. Get set to switch on the zen mode in 3…2…1…
The word ‘Trataka’ means ‘to look’ or ‘to gaze’. It acts as a stepping stone between physical and mental oriented practices which lead to a better state of awareness. In the concentration practice, the person needs to steadily gaze at an object without blinking while the eyelids are open slightly more than usual. The purpose of this is to coordinate the impulses of the sensory and motor nerves which assists in producing a state of calmness and tranquillity that is necessary for concentration.
To begin with, some preparatory eye exercises are recommended like up-down vertical, right and left or horizontal, diagonal, and rotational eyeball movements. Place a candle at eye level 2-3 feet away and sit in a meditative posture. Detach yourself from all the thoughts and begin gazing steadily without blinking.
Step 1 – Effortlessly gaze and focus on the flame
Step 2 – Intensively focus at the tip of wick of flame
Step 3 – De-focus followed by silence
Preferably this needs to be done in the evening, in the dark. Make yourself comfortable in your posture and sit with your head, neck, and spine erect. Make sure to open your eyes with a few blinks and during the eye exercises, don’t move your head but eyeballs. Breathe slowly. Avoid undue strain to your eyes and relax. Splash your eyes with cold water immediately after the practice.
Now that you know how it needs to be done, let us tell you how it works. In the psychological cleansing process, during the initial practice of ‘Trakata’, the subconscious and unconscious mind gets activated and thus helps to bring back certain repressed experiences to the level of consciousness. The intensity of thoughts disappear in the long run and one gets relaxation, calmness, lightness, and pleasant feelings.
The effects of ‘Trakata’ on the nervous system is that it improves the sleep pattern and the alpha waves are often seen in a relaxed state of mind with eyes closed. An increase in the alpha wave activity indicates pleasant mood, a decrease in mental disturbance, absorptive, high state of one pointed-ness, and no fluctuation of ideas or thrusts in the mind of the practitioners.
‘Trakata’ keeps away the eyestrain by strengthening the eye muscles and by giving deep relaxation to them. Therapeutically, it balances the nervous system by relieving tension, stress, and anxiety. It helps to improve memory and gain strong will power. It is a fine exercise for a wandering mind as it gives total concentration.
‘Trakata’ is an immensely effective procedure and 30 minutes daily for 30 days can help you multidimensionally with benefits at physical, mental, and spiritual aspects.