80/365 – Meditation Games #80 – Glowing Light From Difficult Darkness

Developer Credits: Malath Abbas, Albert Elwin, Tom deMajo

Launcher Quote: “Hope

21 March is the Bahai Faith New Year as well as a number of different religions/cultures. It follows our 19 day Fast which is a reminder of hope, forbearance and joy.

I often think about friends and family who are courageous in the face of adversity. Hope always gets them through. Spring is a great time to ponder these things ??

Here two quotes, one from one of my favourite Bahai prayers and another picked by my wife from one of her favourite graphic novels.

O Ahmad! Forget not My bounties while I am absent. Remember My days during thy days, and My distress and banishment in this remote prison. And be thou so steadfast in My love that thy heart shall not waver, even if the swords of the enemies rain blows upon thee and all the heavens and the earth arise against thee.” – Tablet of Ahmad – Bahauiah

In this our springtime there is no better, there is no worse. Blossoming branches burgeon as the must. Some are long, some are short. Stay upright. Stay with life. – Three Shadows – Cyril Pedrosa

Thanks to Albert for code support and Tom for the sound design.”

In many religions, there is a time when there is a remembrance and recognition of the inevitable adversity one goes through in life and in faith, accompanied by a celebration of coming out on the other side of it, of being able to hold steadfast, whether in that faith or in that selfsame life, that makes the adversity and the journey worthwhile. That’s sort of the message that appears to be sent with this Meditation Games entry, as you play through a game where you’re taking something, infusing a little light into the darkness, and eventually coming out bursting at the seams with a bright celebration of smiles, colors, and bounces.

This is a presentation straightforward in its look, but which tends to send a powerful message as far as pushing through hardship. Even removing the aspect of things where we’re talking about this in the context of religion or faith, triumph over adversity is a common theme in many peoples’ lives, and when it happens, especially after a particularly long bout of not being at your best, it’s something that is worth recognizing and celebrating. I know that I’ve had to be reminded of the fact that even though there have been times in my life where I haven’t been at my best, it’s being able to be there to look back, having emerged from those darker times, into a brighter, lighter future that makes that journey that much more powerful and heartening to have made it through.

For many, including me, this battle of peaks and valleys, of dark and light, is something that happens multiple times in life. It’s not enough to only have to go through it once – there will inevitably be more hardships, more difficulties, but obviously, more potential to have come out on the other end of things better and happier. At times, it can seem like you may never come out of that darkness, but as the game shows, even that little bit of light that can appear is enough to start a process of getting to the light at the end of the tunnel. It may not seem like it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying, ideally not by yourself and with the support of others. Many games in general have an end goal and satisfactory ending that comes about after a long and difficult journey, and boiled down to its purest form, isn’t much different than what we saw for this Meditation Game.

 

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