This is a simple game I’m working on to demonstrate how attention and awareness work in meditation, as explained in the book The Mind Illuminated. This game probably best represents Stage 4 in the book (trying to overcome gross distractions with continuous introspective awareness).
If you’re not familiar with the distinction between attention and awareness already, this blog post gives a short introduction.
The small circle in the middle represents your attention – you can move this around with your arrow keys.
The aim of the game is to direct attention to avoid getting distracted (touching the distractions moving around the screen).
The bigger circle around that is your awareness – you can expand this with your space bar.
Distractions are only visible when they’re inside the circle of awareness – so you need to expand awareness enough so that you can anticipate distractions and avoid them.
However, if you spend too much energy expanding awareness, the clarity of your attention will suffer.
I hope to continue to improve this game – what could I change or add to demonstrate the difference between attention and and awareness more effectively?
Please leave any feedback in the comments.