What you see with your eyes shut is what counts. — Lakota saying.
I was raised to close my eyes and bow my head when praying. But haven’t thought about why until I came across the words of the Lakota.
I don’t remember what my parents or more likely my grandmother said to me to get my eyes closed, but it could have been something to the effect that a whole different world opens up when we close our eyes and open our mind.
The wisdom of maturity and age has taught me that inside each of us is a small voice that only can be heard when we shut down our other senses, sight, smell, touch, and certainly our voice.
Another trick I need to use more often is to close my eyes on occasion when I am talking to my spouse or especially my grandchildren.
With my eyes closed I can better listen to the tone of their voice, to their excitement or fear, or hopefully on only rare occasions to their pain.
Try it once or twice and write me what you discovered.