How to Calm a Restless Mind – Simple Technique
Do you sometimes find it hard to relax due to your overactive mind? Or do you find it difficult to focus on learning because you have other things on your mind?
If so, keep reading. I’m going to teach you a simple Hawaiian technique that will help you expand your awareness so that you can easily focus on learning while feeling calm and relaxed. The technique is called Hakalau and it is a kind of open-eyed meditation.
Hakalau Meditation is an ancient Hawaiian practice that helps you to both focus and expand your peripheral vision.
It uses peripheral vision to bring you into a meditative state because when you are looking through your peripheral vision, your physiology is more relaxed and calm.
It is not possible to hold a negative state when you are in peripheral vision. If you start thinking negative thoughts, you will probably drop out of peripheral vision because your eyes focus as you invite negative thoughts. So each time you start to think unwanted thoughts, you have the ability to go into a peripheral vision to dispel them.
It’s been said that in the traditional lineage of Hawaii, the Kahunas all practice Hakalau and they can see with their internal vision as well as their external vision 360 degrees all the way around them.
How cool is that?
How To Do Hakalau?
1. Look straight ahead.
2. While looking straight ahead, pick a spot on the wall to look at, preferably 20 degrees above your eye level.
3. As you stare at this spot, focus your attention on seeing all of the details of the spot. Take in all the colors, textures, lights, and shadows.
4. Now allow your vision to extend slightly so that you are looking at the spot and about 30cm on either side. Slowly take your vision out a little more and more until you can see your hands when you stretch your arms out level with your shoulders.
5. As you do this for a minute or two, you’ll notice that your vision begins to spread out, and you see more in the peripheral than you do in the central part of your vision.
6. Now stretch your vision even wider. Stretch your awareness in your imagination to as far around you as you can.
7. While keeping this visual expansion, let your attention go to your hearing and notice the voices around you. Realize that your awareness of sound also extends out from your body in every direction.
8. Notice how you feel in your body regarding your environment.
9. Once you realize that your awareness is completely open up, you can lower your eyes back down to a normal level or you can stay in this state for as long as you can.
10. Now you will be in a state of Hakalau, almost like a light trance.
What Is This Technique Used For?
This state releases Alpha brainwaves and gets you into a relaxed state, and also opens up your awareness.
It can help you with focus, learning, generating more ideas, relaxing, getting into flow, and relieving pain, because it gets you out of kinesthetic, which is connected to how you feel.
The Learning State
This open-eyed meditation in Hawaiian culture is called „Hakalau“.
Hypnotists call it „Uptime Trance“. When in an „Uptime Trance“, we notice not only the big-picture things as in a „normal state“, but also a great level of details.
In sports, it is called „The Zone“. The state of supreme focus helps athletes perform at their peak potential.
It is called „Heightened Awareness“ by Police. It improves police performance and safety.
In Neurolinguistic Programming, this technique is called „The Learning State“.
It is useful any time you need to take in a lot of information all at once.
Teaching this technique to children will raise their GPA (Grade Point Average) by 1-1.5 points.
It would be a good practice to use it inside and outside of class all the time until it becomes automatic.
If you have any questions or you would like to share your experience with Hakalau, please leave your comment below.