Depending on the yoga modality you practice, there can be numerous mantras, meditations, mudras (hand positions), and drishti (eye focus) points. All of this is meant, of course, to help keep the mind focused and calm. However, sometimes being exposed to so many suggestions and techniques can scramble your circuits. When times get busy, hectic, or overwhelming or you just need to internally bring things down a couple of notches, an effective dristhi is to focus on the third eye. This area, also called the brow point, physically correlates to the spot just above the bridge of the nose and between the eyes. Eye focus placed here helps to slow the chatter of the mind by wrangling the eyes to one focal point. Typically if the mind is racing during a regular eyes-closed mediation, you will notice that your eyes have drifted from the point on which you have chosen to focus and are most likely darting around in your head. Focus on this area helps to strengthen your concentration and quiet your mind.
Energetically, fixing your gaze at this spot taps you into your intuitive sixth chakra, by aiding in stimulation of the pituitary gland, which connects you to the vastness and wisdom of the Universe and helps remind you of the big Cosmic picture. We get so caught up in the here and now that we can forget that we are spiritual beings experiencing this lifetime in human form to learn and live through lessons.
Whether you have time for a dedicated meditative practice, or are having a difficult day and need a few minutes, take a break. If possible, find a place to sit (in your car, a quiet place at work, or even in the bathroom if there is nowhere else), close your eyes and immediately roll your eye gaze up to your third eye to the point when you begin feeling as if the eyes are crossing. Drop your shoulders and tuck your chin in slightly and listen to your inhale of prana (life force energy) and then the apana (exhalation or elimination—the letting go). Count a smooth, slow cycle of ten full breaths. Afterward, take stock and assess your perception of that which has pushed your buttons.
Meditating on the third eye can be done anytime you need it. It is yours for comfort, refuge, detachment, and expansion and can be performed during those times that you need to put things happening at the present moment on hold, or as a longer term meditation.