May 7 Meditation (Travis Root)

May 7 Meditation ( Travis Root )

May 7 Meditation (Travis Root)

Supposedly you could climb a mountain if you just kept putting one foot in front of the other.

Today’s Meditation is taller than it is wide, which makes me think it was made to be played on a smartphone, held in one hand, tapping to make the small figure jump up the steps of this stylised Mt. Fujiwara. They even move forward automatically, so it’s one-button play. Of course, the notion of playing on a phone makes me think of absent-minded play, so that even if you fail to make a jump in time and tumble to the bottom you just carry on going because it’s easier than finding something else to do.

As you climb higher, the figure moves faster, which seems counter to how a person actually climbs a mountain but I suppose is a game-like way of reflecting increased difficulty, since it’s more likely you’ll miss a jump that way. Higher up, too, the sky lightens. Everything tells us that we want to reach the top. But what if the figure wanted to rest? What if the figure was tired of picking themselves up and starting again, constantly striving to get higher up that slope only to be knocked back? Too bad. They move forwards automatically. Either you fall and fall, or you find the energy to keep going until you get to the top. And there, apparently, you get to stop.