Some of Mindtoon Lab’s work includes exploring the idea of meditation as meaningful play and design and delivery of cybermeditation experiences that use emerging technologies.
Mindtoon Lab developed two exploratory Mindtoon™ meditation apps which feature unusual meditation objects (Purring Cat Meditation and Wizards Meditation). Purring Cat Meditation is available for download on the iTunes store and Google Play. Wizards Meditation was developed to exhibit at the Meaningful Play 2014 conference.
Purring Cat Meditation app
Duration: About 12 minutes
Mindtoon™ meditations are tools to help you relax your body, calm your mind, and change how you feel. Cat lovers will appreciate this Purring Cat Mindtoon™ meditation, in which you connect with the presence and qualities of a purring cat.
Mind-Body Therapist Marcel Allbritton guides you through steps involving breath and gentle motion. You are seated comfortably with eyes closed and room to move your arms up in front and out to the side. The meditation design is grounded in principles of mind-body therapy and delivered via the Mindtoon™ framework.
Purring Cats are an unusual object of meditation. The core of every Mindtoon™ experience involves steps designed to help relax the body and calm the mind through attention to breath and gentle movement. These benefits are as likely to happen when connecting with a fun object of meditation (like purring cats) as with a more traditional meditation. And you might be more motivated to do it if you think of meditating as fun.
During the Mindtoon™, you are guided to feel the presence and qualities of a purring cat. Feeling the presence of a purring cat gives you an experience with whatever that feeling is for you. It can be an interesting, appealing exploration. And you may find you can remember and call up that feeling again throughout the day.
If you take delight in purring cats, then this Mindtoon™ may be for you. (If you don’t like cats, this Mindtoon™ is not for you.)
Wizards Meditation was developed to exhibit at the international academic Meaningful Play 2014 conference. It was intended as a way to introduce academics studying games and game design professionals to the experience of cybermeditation. We used a playful object (your favorite wizard) to appeal to the audience and conference theme as a way of starting a conversation about meditation as meaningful play.
Do Mindtoons™ about playful meditation objects (like wizards and purring cats) still have the benefits of meditation?
The core of every Mindtoon™ experience includes relaxing the body and calming the mind through attention to breath and gentle movement. Attention to internal sensations such as quality of breath and activity of the mind may gradually change your awareness of feelings or sensations in your body during the Mindtoon™ and in general.
It is possible these benefits could happen when linking with a fun object of meditation. And you might be more motivated if you think of meditating as fun.
What if I’m allergic to cats (or wizards)?
If you are allergic to cats, you may find that the Mindtoon™ meditation gives you an opportunity you’ve never had to enjoy cats. If you start feeling allergic, stop playing.
If you experience any discomfort or resistance during a Mindtoon™, stop playing. It is best to play Mindtoons™ that appeal to you and feel good.