Can you turn the white cat into a black cat using only your eyes?!!!!
Here’s how you can do it!
If you prefer print off the image of the cat
Sit quietly in a comfortable position
If you are a wearer of glasses it is best practice to remove them
Place the image at eye level and gaze intently at the cat for at least 30 seconds.
Close your eyes to see the image imprinted behind your eyes or look at a white background to transfer the image onto it.
You may have to try this a few times before you can see an image if you are not familiar with meditation practices. It's great fun to use with children and the benefits are the same, ideal for someone who is struggling with over stimulation
It’s not actually magic it’s Trataka, read on to find out more
Trataka was once dismissed as unscientific like other yogic practices, but there is now widespread consensus that meditation leads to improve perceived stress and emotional well-being.
Given the overwhelming evidence for why we should be meditating, why do so few people meditate? The most common reason is that meditation can be hard! It is difficult in our world of frenetic attention--from app to app, post to post, notifications pinging rapidly and without pause--to simply stop … and calm our minds.
A Sanskrit word, Trataka means “to gaze steadily.” Trataka is a practice similar to mindful meditation which comes from ancient yogic visual concentration practices. The practice of Trataka involves sitting in a darkened room and staring at a fixed point (traditional “candle Trataka” or "flame Trataka" uses a candle flame) for several minutes, breathing deeply, without blinking, until tears run down the cheeks, before lightly palming one’s eyes in meditative relaxation. Though this type of “external” concentration of Trataka on the candle flame is most common, (you can try this here if you like) practitioners of a different form of Trataka, known as “internal” or “inner” Trataka, gaze at an imagined point in their mind instead. The technique of Trataka is said to clean and purify the eyes, as well as channel energy to the ‘third eye.’
With a renewed scientific interest in yoga, meditation, and other ancient relaxation practices, a number of studies have been conducted in the last decade on the benefits of Trataka and its effects on the body and mind. These studies found that people who practice Trataka meditation show a decrease in anxiety, depression, and tension and better concentration and focused attention. It has thus been proven that Trataka is an excellent method for promoting relaxation.
Most important to us, however, was the finding that “steady gaze reduces central nervous system and autonomic nervous system activity through the diminution in proprioceptive feedback to the reticular activating system.” Essentially, this means that the act of Trataka-style gazing meditation results in a quieting of outside stimuli. Read more about it here