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e may do it constantly, but not always consciously. Here, in partnership with the aptly named GAZE Wine Cocktail, experts explore how to mindfully harness the power of your gaze.

GAZING,like breathing, is something all of us do constantly—if not consciously. Not only do we gaze at other people (or try to avoid doing so), but we also utilize our gaze in yoga and meditation in order to tap into an inner sense of balance and calm.

In yoga class, you’ve probably been told where to direct your gaze (or drishti) during certain balancing poses. And during meditation, you’ve probably heard the directive to “soften your gaze.”

“Because focus and attention are fundamental principles in yoga practice, the drishti, or focused gaze, is extremely important,” says Miriam Amselem, a mindfulness coach, meditation guide, and yoga instructor. “Simply explained, drishti is a technique that uses soft gazing to direct the eyes for controlled focus and attention.”

In yoga, it can help us find our balance and avoid distraction. “In each yoga pose, or asana, gazing improves focus, concentration, movement, and energy,” Amselem explains.

When DRISHTI applies to meditation, it can take on an even deeper m

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“As your eyes gaze upwards towards the ‘third eye,’ you are also stimulating your pituitary gland—the ‘master gland,’ which controls many processes in the body—which can bring about a deeper state of relaxation, as well as a sense of heightened awareness.”

As with anything in life, you don’t want to force it. It’s more of a “soft practice.” Confused? You’re not alone. We turned to an expert to find out how to soften your gaze the right way.

Below, Christine Scott-Hudson, LMFT, a holistic psychotherapist and owner of Create Your Life Studio, takes us through how to do it, step-by-step.

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Keep in mind that your gaze is not only physical; you can also think of it metaphorically. Scott-Hudson explains: “We will all be better off if we soften our gaze toward our own shortcomings, and those of others around us. How we see anyone, including ourselves, is how we see everyone.”

We will all be better off if we soften our gaze towards our own shortcomings, and those of others around us.”

How we see anyone, including ourselves, is how we see everyone.”

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