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Gazing is another popular way to meditate. Maintain an open-eyed focus upon an object. This focus is referred to as drishti, which means “view,” “opinion,” or “gaze.” Focus on a an object, a flower in a vase, a statue, or a picture of a deity.

Use this technique with your eyes fully opened or partially closed, creating a softer, diffused gaze. Many of the classical hatha yoga postures have gazing points, and the use of drishti is especially emphasized in the Ashtanga style of hatha yoga. Many pranayama techniques also call for specific positioning of the eyes, such as gazing at the “third eye,” the point between the eyebrows or at the tip of the nose.
— MARA CARRICO, Yoga Journal

Source: http://www.yogajournal.com/article/practice-section/let-s-meditate/