Achieve inner peace with virtual reality

Meditation made easy with the Samsung Gear VR

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Achieve inner peace with virtual reality Samsung Gear VR’s guided meditation application, available on the Oculus Store, stimulates a realistic environment of your liking.
By  David Ndichu Published  August 16, 2016

Virtual Reality (VR) might be the key to achieving Zen.

VR is usually associated with gaming but its applications can extend to help achieve inner peace. Samsung Gear VR’s guided meditation application, available on the Oculus Store, stimulates a realistic environment of your liking, transporting you to a whole new world.

Since ancient times, meditation has been regarded as a no-side effects remedy for reducing anxiety and contributing to overall wellness. Leading fast paced city lives with little time to unwind, often saddled with plenty of work, 42 percent of employees in the UAE report their workplace to be stressful. This often turns into negative stress which is better known as workplace stress. Negative stress reduces the quality of life and can lead to unhappiness at work and at home. Integrating Gear VR guided meditation into the work place could help reduce with work place stress and increase employee wellbeing.

VR is a relativity new advancement in the world of therapy. Studies indicate that audio and visual aids are more effective in supporting memory recall and facilitating relaxation. The immersive experience of VR stimulates the brain into producing endorphins; that reduces the body’s perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger positive feelings in the body. As a result it is used in treating burn victims and also for treating post traumatic disorder (PTSD) and phobias. Samsung’s #BeFearless campaign, in collaboration with the Yonsei University Gangnam Severance Hospital in South Korea, reported a nearly 90 per cent success rate to treat specific anxieties such as fear of heights and of public speaking.

The Samsung’s Gear VR interface offers users a variety of environments to choose from, along with options of customization. With Gear VR and such apps, Samsung looks to bring technology and wellbeing together.

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