81/365 – Meditation Games #81 – Breathe

Developer: Quang DX

Launcher Quote: “Ocean Breathe

22nd March 2019

Back in 2008, my girlfriend at the time was going through a rough time, I asked her what I could do to help cheer her up. 

“A trip to Hawaii” she answered. So I promised if she could raise the money for her flight, I would pay for the rest and we would go together.

Some time later, she came to me and showed she had the money. So off we went to Hawaii for two weeks.

We stayed in Honalulu on the Big Island, Oahu, enjoying how relaxing everything was. Disconnected from all our stresses and worries.

On the 22nd of March we visited Sunset Beach on the North side of Oahu, it was pretty much deserted and was one of the most peaceful place I have visited.

I attempt to capture that feeling in this small Meditation as you click to breathe.”

Many games in the Meditation Games series ask you to reflect on a theme, an idea, a thought, or a goal, but few of them  take it to the literal level as the one from today’s entry. Set in a peaceful beach with a beautiful view and very few people around, the goal of the game is to control your breathing, allowing you to alternately focus on the relaxing landscape and your own self-reflection that comes from it.

The developer and their significant other at the time got the fortunate circumstance to be able to meditate on life and relax in Hawaii, but the message, aside from the setting, appears to be that you can find peace and relaxation in just about any place that has solitude and the wonder of nature behind it to help you reflect and empty your mind of your trials and tribulations. Much of what is a fundamental part of achieving a sense of meditation is being able to breathe properly, feel each breath and apply it to being able to reach a state where you’re in the right mindset to be able to meditate, so having to simulate that in today’s game was both helpful and a way to remember my own instances where I had to focus, clear my mind, and find a place where I could do both without interruption.

More importantly, no matter where you choose to find a way to do this, the point of this seems to be that you should engage in it when you can. Too many times we seem to move 100 miles per hour, every hour of every day, and not being able to stop, think, and reflect can be a dangerous prospect that can send you hurtling in a direction you may not want to go without thinking about why you’re doing it. People take vacations, staycations, mental health days and even as small as an hour in their days in order to step away so they can be fresh and focused for what’s to come, so taking just the simple practice of breathing as an exercise to get you back in the right mindset long-term is a good reminder we could all use every so often.

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