I’ve just finished playing through some of the best meditation games ever made. These board games and console / PC titles will help you to unwind.
There are some great meditation games on all different systems (such as PS4 / XBox One, PC etc.). There is also THE MINDFULNESS GAME, which is a card game. It’s awesome. Check it out below.
What I’ve learned from all this gaming is this: gaming can help you to be a better meditator.
Amazingly, mindfulness can make you a better player too [READ: Meditation And Yoga For Gamers]
Obviously you can use apps like Calm and Headspace.
But there are actual meditation games too. In fact, video games are becoming one of the most popular tools meditators can use to help relax and train the mind.
Some of these are 100% about meditating. Some of the others are not really games about meditation but they do give you that Zen feeling
Let’s take a look. And let me know your favourite ones (leave a comment after the list).
Best Meditation Games
The Mindfulness Game (Card Game — VGs Are Below)
This is one of the coolest meditation games I’ve seen. The other entries in this list are mostly video games. But this one is card-based. It was designed by teachers to help teach kids mindfulness.
It has a bunch of activities to do all of which are based on mindfulness, visualizations and similar activities.
The idea is to pick a card, read it and then do the activity as it describes, and then afterwards reflect on what the activity was all about.
This is a really fun mindfulness activity for kids.
SoundSelf is a VR meditation game from Andromeda Entertainment, that features a “technodelic transformative experience”. SoundSelf is an interactive experience in VR where the controller is your voice. It can be played using either a VR headset or your regular Windows or Mac setup. A webcam and microphone are required in order to control the game.
Meditation Game (Android–Get it on the Play Store)
Meditation Game is one of the best relaxing game apps. it will help you to enter the Zen state.
This one tells you all about different meditative exercises. It’s very relaxing and great for beginners who want to learn about the practice, and for people who find it hard to focus while meditating.
Controls are done by tilting the device or by using an on-screen joystick.
It features different modes, including Awareness, Existence Love, Wisdom, and Silence exercises. I love the relaxing soundtrack, too.
Enchanted Forest (Android–Get it on the Play Store)
This is the second title in the Meditation Game series. It’s a short interactive title with relaxing sounds and images.
Similar to binaural beats, the developers tell us that it uses different frequencies of sound to produce different brainwaves, which is a similar theory to the one used in sound healing.
This one is also completely free, though it does have some in-app purchase.
Journey Collectors Edition (PS4)
Journey Collectors Edition is probably the best meditation game you will find, even if it is not explicitly about meditation.
Journey Collector’s Edition features three games: Journey, Flow, and Flower.
The main one is Journey. It’s a spiritual odyssey adventure game that is arguably the most “Zen” titleof all time.
I think you will love Journey. It’s really relaxing, tranquil, and soothing. You cannot play this one without feeling chill.
Flow And Flower
Flow and Flower are more basic titles. Flow is a version of that old Nokia favourite “Snake”. Do you remember that one? You had to move a snake (which was actually a string of cubes) around a room and avoid the walls. Flower is very similar. You play as a bunch of flowers blowing on the wind (seriously, how Zen is that?!). You can probably tell just by that description how relaxing this is!
If you have a PS3 or PS4 and you’re looking for some good meditation games, this should be your first choice.
Abzu (PC / PS4 / XBox One)
Abzu is an adventure title from Giant Squid Studios. You play as a diver who is exploring the ocean. Your mission is to restore life in the ocean using magical springs. If you’re like me and you absolutely love nature and the ocean, you will find this to be one of the best relaxing video games on XBoxOne and PS4.
You can play freely and go anywhere you like in the ocean. There are lots of different underwater environments like caverns and ancient ruins.
The best thing about this one is its ambience. It looks so soothing and relaxing.
Playing Abzu really puts you into that chilled-out Zen state.
Playne is a new meditation game from independent game developer Vismaya.
Playne is designed to teach you how to meditate and how to be mindful, with the help of a little fox.
In the game, you meditate daily and the world around you starts to change as you meditate. The landscape turns from a barren wilderness to a beautiful picturesque scene, which is just like when you meditate and you start to notice how beautiful the world is.
There’s a story too, which you discover by talking to the fox character. The story was actually written by a BAFTA-nominated filmmaker and is really engrossing.
Even More Meditative Gaming!
The above are some of the best meditation games. But there are tons more fun titles you might like to try too.
Games like Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, for instance, are great to help you unwind after a hard day. And tons of people have mentioned how the new Animal Crossing is an amazing Zen game.
Then there are titles like Witness, which is visually beautiful and very immersive. When I play Witness I feel really chill, and the puzzles are great little brain-teasers too.
Or you could just play Deepak Chopra’s Leela, which is an old XBox 360 title all about meditating—I didn’t include it in the list because a) it’s old and b) I’m not a fan of it. But check it out if you’re interested.
Okay, guys, listen, this is huge. I have to give you a warning. Because there are some health risks of meditating.
I really care about my readers and as a mindfulness teacher, I do know that it can be risky for some people.
So here is a warning. Please do not meditate while playing. Don’t do it! If you do there is a high risk of having a seizure.
This is because meditating puts you into a hyper-aware state. If you engage in an activity that floods your mind with information (e.g. playing, watching high-octane movies etc.) there is an increased risk of seizure.
Here’s the deal:
Play games to relax. And sure, feel Zen while you play, but do not actually meditate while playing. This is a friendly warning to help you guys out.
What’s your favourite?
What is your personal favourite meditation game?
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