Of course you can meditate with your eyes open. In fact, it’s hardly a radical idea – open-eyed meditation is a practice with a lengthy history. But why did people do it? What do current proponents of meditation with eyes open say about its benefits?
Lying down and meditating can be helpful, but it can come with some negatives too. Lying down is really comfortable. We don’t have to think about our position when we’re lying down. Practically speaking, though, there are also some downsides to lying down when you meditate.