daverupa wrote:You can gently focus, or rest out of focus; try to relax away from doing anything with the eyes, maybe rest with the lids half-open and looking forward & down. In my experience, it helps if the wall is clear and a simple monotone color.
Curiously, the reverse is true for me; if i gaze, 'without seeing', at some such surface, I begin to get headaches, and my eyes begin to hurt.
If on the other hand, I can find a small mark, spot or irregularity in the surface, that is much more helpful.
I confess, I alternate.
Closed, relaxed-open...I do both.
But I don't even think about it.... It happens without any regular or deliberate prompting, and my meditation is fine.
You will not be punished FOR
your 'emotions'; you will be punished BY
Pay attention, simplify, and (Meditation instruction in a nutshell) "Mind - the Gap." ‘Absit invidia verbo’ - may ill-will be absent from the word.
And mindful of that, if I don't respond, this
may be why....