Virtual reality… another device to help us mindlessly waste time, play more games and watching more videos, right? While there are some experimental educational uses for VR such as virtual tours and potential medical uses, for the most part the general public (or the small portion of them that actually own a VR device) is using virtual reality for gaming and time-wasting activities.
But Provata Health is one of the companies trying to change that with their guided virtual reality meditations, Provata VR.
How can virtual reality be used for meditation?
Select from a variety of guided meditation practices including breathing, calm, focus, and more. Then choose the length of time you’d like to spend meditating; 2, 5, or 10 minutes. Now slip your phone into your headset, put those headphones in and you’re ready to begin!
Imagine sliding on your VR headset and being transported to the ocean watching the waves calmly roll in at sunset, or sitting next to a beautifully flowing waterfall deep in the forest. All the craziness in your world suddenly disappears and you’re fully immersed into the relaxing environment that’s seemingly all around you—it’s just you and nature.
But it’s more than just meditation…
Provata also has the capability to connect with fitness monitoring devices to track heart rate while meditating or average hours of sleep you got on days you meditated vs. those that you did not. If you don’t have a wearable fitness device you also have the option to use your phone’s camera to track your heart rate before and after meditation.
Meditation has been proven to have a variety of benefits, both in health and mental state. Although VR meditation hasn’t yet been proven to have the same benefits as traditional meditation, the future is looking promising!
What do you think of the idea of meditating in the virtual world when you can’t find a calm space to meditate in your real world? Would you try it?