I have been trying meditation for my anxiety. I have been using the Calm app to teach me meditation. It took time for meditation to start working. Meditation requires patience which can be difficult for someone like me who tends to not take time to sit still and relax. In a way, meditation is like The Last Guardian because the more patience you have with Trico in the game, the easier the game gets just as meditation gets easier with patience.
The struggles began when I started my first meditation. I picked up a class targeted for anxiety instead of a beginner’s course so it did feel frustrating. I tried to do what they said and close my eyes and relax. But the meditation was almost 13 minutes. For someone that’s only done meditation a couple of times, that is a long time to sit there.
So what happened? Well first I decided to do it outside when it was hot so I got overheated. Then I just started feeling restless just sitting there doing nothing. I just did not want to sit still.
The beginning stages of handling Trico can also be frustrating. First, you have to get Trico to trust you and he just gets angry. You have to help him out of his chains and feed him so he knows you are not a threat. He learns to follow you, but he is still unsure of you. I gained his trust faster by petting him a lot which seems to make him like you more. I also purposefully looked out for treats because he liked them so much.
Trico also was afraid of water at first. He’s this big animal but water terrifies him. I had to coax him down with food and suddenly the water was not so bad anymore because it had tasty treats!
So I switched to the 7 Days of Calm beginner session which helped me. I slowly understood how to meditate and how to stay patient. The narrator is aware that restlessness is common so they encourage through the restlessness.
The app is also encouraging because it lets you like your favorite sessions. It also has day streaks of how long you have been meditating and every sessions ends with a beautiful quote. Then there are also daily sessions which are really enjoyable and want you to come back every day.
Once you get far enough in the game, you can teach Trico commands. These can be used to help you get up to platforms that you cannot reach or jump across large chasms.
But, Trico is a wild animal so he may not want to do what you say. However, I found that through attention, such as pets and treats, he would respond to me faster and would help me faster. I would say he might be close to training a real animal.
I have been doing meditation every day. If I do not do it first thing in the morning, I do it at night before bed. I am on the 21 Days of Calm which is the intermediate course and then from there I will focus on the anxiety courses. It does help me relax and I am trying to take what I learn from the meditation sessions and incorporate them into my life.
A common theme throughout meditation is patience and non-judgement. I have learned to be patient with my anxiety and I have learned to not judge my brain when it gets anxious. Instead I am more compassionate which helps my brain relax faster.
Trico at The End of the Game
Trico was well-trained by the end of the game. My patience and understanding of Trico led me to have a close bond with Trico. Trico would quickly respond to my commands and teamwork led me to complete the game and Trico’s story. I did not struggle with Trico not listening to me because I gave him attention throughout the game even when I did not have to.
I am hoping that through meditation and therapy I will be able to take better care of my anxiety. I want to be more patient with my anxiety and meditation is helping. I would recommend the Calm app and might make a future post about it!
What video game taught you the importance of patience?