I was talking with a friend recently about the effect of social media on relationships. My friend suggested that technology has made us incapable of responding to real life. My friend even went as far as to say that sitting at home playing games on the apps of one's smartphone or smart pad is mindless, and takes us away from interaction that is important. I agreed to a certain extent, but my definition of "mindless" was more like being mindful.
Often, when we get home from our day of school, work, or activity and have dinner, it is the habit to put on the television for "mindless" entertainment. In my experience, there is no difference between what you are watching on TV and what you are playing on your phones and pads. Both actions are designed to relax you into a form of entertainment, and to take you away from the day's events. I have discovered that losing myself in game levels is similar to losing myself in the soft levels of meditation. So now I use my game apps as a means of meditation in movement. Here are some ways to do that and keep it in perspective at the same time.
1. Set a time limit on how long you play a game. Make it in line with meditation time. If you normally would meditate 10 or 20 minutes then you should play the game only 10 or 20 minutes. And if you have to, set your timer.
2. Don't skip around with different apps. Try to engage one app at a time in a sitting session so that you don't have an abrupt break in your concentration.
3. Choose a colorful app. Granted, most of them have great bells, whistle's and colors, but try to choose one that has a variety of colors from the spectrum of the rainbow.
4. Finally, play the app the same time every day and after a while, switch it up for variety.
So the next time you want to become really relaxed, pick up your phone or pad and start playing a game app. You will become absorbed in making your spirit, light... and your demeanor, focused. And it happens to be just one of the many ways meditation can be enjoyed. The only thing you have to remember when you play? Breathe!