I’ve just finished playing through some of the best meditation games ever made.
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 for meditation. It’s awesome. Check it out below.
What I’ve learned from all this gaming is this: Video games can help you to be better at meditation.And so can card games.
Amazingly, meditation can make you a better gamer too.
So what are the best meditation games?
Obviously you can use meditation apps like Calm and Headspace.
There are some great VR apps that help with meditation too.
But there are actual meditation games too. In fact, games are becoming one of the most popular tools meditators can use to help relax and train the mind.
Some of these games are 100% about meditation. 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 favorite ones (leave a comment after the list).
The Mindfulness Game (card game)
This is one of the coolest mindfulness games I’ve seen. The other games in this list are mostly video games. But this one is a card game. It was designed by teachers to help teach kids mindfulness.
The Mindfulness Game 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 game for kids.
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Meditation Game (Android–Get it on the Play Store)
Meditation game is all about relaxation and getting into that Zen state.
This meditation game tells you all about meditation. It’s a great game for beginners who want to learn about meditation, and for people who find it hard to focus while meditating.
You control the game by tilting your device or alternatively by using an on-screen joystick.
The game features different modes, including: Awareness, Existence Love, Wisdom, and Silence meditations. 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 meditation with relaxing sounds and images.
Similar to binaural beats, the makers of this game say it uses different frequencies of sound to produce different brainwaves
This game 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 game is Journey. It’s a spiritual odyssey adventure game that is arguably the most “Zen” game of all time.
I think you will love Journey. It’s really relaxing, tranquil, and soothing. You cannot play this game without feeling chill.
Flow and Flower are more basic games. Flow is a relaxing version of that old Nokia game “Snake”. And Flower is a gam in which you play as a bunch of flowers blowing on the wind (seriously, how Zen is that?!)
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 game 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.
You can play freely and go anywhere in the ocean that you like. There are lots of different underwater environments like caverns and ancient ruins.
The best thing about this game (the thing that makes it a “meditation game”) is its ambience. It looks so soothing and relaxing.
Games like Abzu really put you into that chilled-out Zen state.
Playne is a new meditation game from independent games 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. There’s a story to the game too, which you discover by talking to the fox character. The story was actually written by a BAFTA nomimated filmmaker.
Playne: The Meditation Game has just been launched on Steam and is currently in early-access. It will be released later in the summer on Android and iOS.
More meditation games
The above are some of the best meditation games. But there are tons more games that you can play for general relaxation.
Games like Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, for instance, are great for relaxation.
Then there are games like Witness, which is visually beautifully and 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 meditation—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.
Important Note About Meditation And Video Games
Okay, guys, listen, this is huge.
You cannot play video games and meditate at the same time. If you do there is a high risk of having a seizure.
This is because meditation puts you into a hyper-aware state. If you engage in an activity that floods your mind with information (e.g. playing games, watching high-octane movies etc.) there is increased risk of seizure.
I’ve written a guide to the risks of meditation. You can find more info in that link.
Here’s the deal:
Play games to relax. And sure, feel Zen while you play, but do not actually meditate while playing video games. This is a friendly warning to help you guys out.
What’s your favorite meditation game?
What is your personal favorite meditation game?
Is there a game you play to feel more Zen?
What other titles should I put on this list of meditation games?
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