Empty Gaze

There are those odd times where your gaze gets fixed on something for no reason at all, and you can stare and stare and stare some more and you won’t find any reason to move your eyes away from that object. The object isn’t interesting or special – indeed, it may be just some bump of paint on the wall or a corner of the table or a patch of fur on the floor. There’s really no reason for your eyes to become fixed and obsessed with that certain spot. And yet, you stare at it and feel as if you could keep staring at it for an hour.

This usually seems to happen when you’re tired, or worried, or perhaps just distracted. The thoughts that go through your mind at times like this often don’t make sense – you might be humming a tune in your mind, or maybe you’re mulling over an issue in a circular manner, repeating your thoughts over and over again. Maybe you’re almost not thinking anything at all beyond “Why am I staring at this?” and your mind is oddly blank other than that.

Whatever the reason, this is something that most people get at some point or another. I wonder if our brains sometimes just need a moment to rest, to detach from conciousness, to wander.

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2 thoughts on “Empty Gaze

  1. I do this kind of thing all the time. I find myself coming out of a “trance” and have no idea why I’ve been staring at some strange thing for god knows how long.

  2. I kind of love those moments. Somehow you relax your mind in a way where you shut off the world around you – if only for just a minute or so.. Nothing around you matters. You don´t hear anything, you don´t really feel anything and in a way you don´t really see anything either..
    i find it so relaxing!

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