Mirror Tratak or the Mirror Gazing Meditation Method

Many people would have hardly heard that mirrors could also be used for meditation, in this post we will see one such unique practice that is considered as a very powerful tool for the spiritual growth.mirror meditation

I have discussed earlier about tratak (the gazing meditation) and one of its forms known as tratak on a black dot, this method is another variation of the same.

Since tratak meditations requires you to keep your eyes fixed on an external object for a long time, so I would strongly suggest you to be careful and do it only if you are comfortable with it.

If possible, then please find a mentor or master since this way it would be safe and you will be able know where you are and where are you going with this whole process.

What Is Mirror Tratak and How Is It Performed?

Mirror tratak is the meditation method where the practitioner has to gaze at his own mirror image and concentrate on it.

Fix an appropriate place and time before you begin, by creating a good atmosphere for meditation you can increase its effectiveness.

For doing mirror tratak, sit in lotus posture. You can also prefer to sit in a chair if you find lotus posture uncomfortable, but be sure to keep your back straight . ( you can also prefer meditation chair if your back hurts while trying to keep your spine erect)

Place the mirror at a distance in a way that becomes comfortable for your eyes to gaze at your mirror image (a mirror size of about 12*6 inches is usually preferred and the distance should be around 2 feet).

Now, start gazing at the mirror reflection of your face without blinking your eyes, make sure to not only keep looking at your mirror image but to also stay focused.

Your mind will wander while doing this and it is perfectly alright. Whenever this happens, just gently bring your attention back without fighting with your thoughts.

Donโ€™t try too hard ,keep gazing at the reflection as long as possible, but you must stop it when you start getting too much uncomfortable.

Gradually, you will be able to do it for longer duration, but initially keep your session between 10-13 minutes.

One big mistake people usually make is that they try to keep their eyes open for long by forcing it. You don’t get anything out of this meditation from your ability to gaze for longer periods, the success here is all about how much you are able to detach yourself from your thought process.

Experiences That You May Have While Doing Mirror Tratak

When you fix your eyes at your mirror reflection, you will find that the mirror image of your face changes and it can distract you.meditation gazing mirror

Whether it is funny or scary do not get carried away by your instinctual reactions, remember your aim and don’t allow those feelings to ruin it.

The best way to handle such thoughts/feelings is to observe them without trying to push them away, getting engaged in it or worrying that you are losing your focus.

If you can learn to your mind activity, you will be able to easily concentrate on the mirror once again. By practicing mindfulness exercises, you can become good in becoming a conscious observer.

You will also see your face in the mirror getting vanished when you are able to concentrate better and that signifies your progress.

Benefits of Mirror Tratak : –

  • Improvement in the ability to concentrate.
  • Better control over emotions and feelings.
  • Greater awareness of mind activities.
  • Increased will power.
  • More present movement awareness and detachment from past/future.
  • Experience of unconditional love and inner peace.
  • Enhanced intuitive power and creative power.

Caution and Tips :-

tratak on a mirror

  • Splash cold water on your eyes and keep wet cloth or cotton on it for a while after doing this meditation in order to avoid any irritations.
  • Do not practice tratak if you have any eye related problems or if you wear spectacles.
  • Do no practice tratak if you suffer from low or high blood pressure.
  • Stop doing tratak if you experience any strong discomfort.
  • This meditation is not meant for minors.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post, you can get some more information on tratak meditation here and I would also like to recommend the book “Dharana Darshan” which contains a great deal of information on external object concentration exercises based on ancient wisdom that can help you with your spiritual progress.

I would love to hear from you so, please do write me in the box below. If you have something to add here, then you are most welcome.

You can also mail your queries at hari@zerotoinfinitude.com, I will be very happy to help you.

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4 thoughts on “Mirror Tratak or the Mirror Gazing Meditation Method

  1. Anthony

    Hey, I have been meditating with a mirror off and on for about ten years. I am just finding out today the ancient correlations with this practice.

    My own experiences with this technique which I happened to be driven to under take. Without knowledge of this technique in advance and feeling most silly until today after these some ten years.
    Are as follows.

    I have had my face morph, into historical people’s that brought turning points to human civilizations.
    I have had my body become totally non-visible.
    I have than had all reality become non-visible and turn to white.
    I have had my face morph into lightning.. This meaning my face had shape however it was made of cascading lightning.

    when I do this meditation my eyes remain open. I would encourage anyone to maintain open eyes.
    I also find non-concentration is key, as through this experience using thee associative variables of all things defined and known.
    Alters the senses, perceptions and I cannot than exist without form. So non-concentration is.a feeling without knowledge, experience without definition.
    Where what words I use inmidately lose that what is sought to be found but is like nothing and all things.

    Additionally I don’t require a mirror to become non-visible… I can do this without a mirror and through an extension of feeling from my heart through the body.

    Additionally I have many more experienced than just the above.

    Feel free to contact me I am untrained

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      1. Dana

        It’s good to hear about your experience. I have had interesting experiences as well. I have used this with other people. Have you?

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