118/365 – Meditation Games #118 – Letting Go Of The Climb

Developer: Elisee Maurer

Launcher Quote: “I have found it really hard to let go.

To stop chasing after what’s out of reach, always.

I try to remember: This very moment is the perfect teacher, and it is always with me.

Or to put it another way: The obstacle that stands between me and what I want contains the wisdom that I need right now.

Make a wonderful day.

-Elisee”

There was an interesting dual goal with this entry in the Meditation Games series, and it wasn’t as obvious from the launcher quote or the gameplay at first – but with good reason. The biggest of these reasons would be the fact that we’re conditioned to overcome obstacles in games or “win” the game at the end of the day. We see something we have to get past and we try to push through it. We see an objective (even an optional one) and we have to work our way through it. Even when we complete games, for some of us they aren’t really “complete” until we do every single thing there is to do in them, even if some of those things require a ton of extra effort and work.

But this game is different. I had to admit, I was a bit fooled at first, too. Climbing the cliff by moving your hands and legs to grip the little holes in the rock was easy enough to figure out, but I stubbornly kept climbing with  my stretchy, spindly limbs for at least 5-10 minutes or so. I was wondering when the cliff would end, when I would get to my goal, when I would be rewarded with the top of the cliff. But it never really showed up – and that’s when I remembered the launcher quote, about it being hard to let go, about what is out of reach – and that’s when I decided to take a plunge, let go, and fall into the water, where I was rewarded with the contented smile of someone relaxing in the calm, blue waves.

You could have a discussion about how worthy it is to let go of something that is out of reach – some people would say that this is the wrong attitude to have, that it’s always fine to strive towards goals because they may not be as out of reach as you think they are, and that giving up is just not an option. But on another level, there’s a certain amount of realism to your path in life leading elsewhere, where you fork into something else after stopping to chase something that isn’t really suited for you. Both arguments have merit, but the message I got was that there’s more than one path to take in life, in the climb that we all engage in every day, which means letting go once in a while and perhaps starting your climb on a different path may not always be such a bad thing.

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