Will meditation make you a better programmer?

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August 23, 2023
Mindset & Growth

How does meditation work?

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Meditation is defined differently by different people. It refers to focusing on the present by intentionally sitting down.

This practice is common to eastern religions, but it doesn't fall under a religious practice. No matter your beliefs whether you are Christian, Muslim, Mormon, Jewish, or anything else you are welcome here.

You will be able to change your perspective on life by training the mind.

It is important to note that I refer to "meditation" in the article as "a practice to develop conscious awareness of the present moment".

I will also use the term "mindfulness." These terms are often used together.

Formal meditation involves sitting down, or walking, or standing, or lying down. On the other hand, mindfulness is about being aware of everything around you.

In the morning, I sit on a small cushion and observe my breath for 15 minutes after waking up. That's meditation.

Meditate and program

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When we are writing code and constructing programs we need to pay close attention to avoid repetition. It's like being "in the zone" or as some know it is in the “flow state".

When you become completely absorbed in your text editor you forget about everything else. Your mind is completely occupied with that particular event right now.

As a result, you fully experience the "coding high" of writing functions that can make or do things to achieve a larger goal.

Meditating helps you develop your level of present-moment awareness. Meditation can train our minds to live with greater awareness if we practice it on a regular basis. This can benefit all aspects of our lives.

It also applies to programming since developing software requires a great deal of focus. It's very important for us programmers to meditate and spend time observing our breath.

This practice will be able to help us with our coding and allow us to focus more deeply on the programs.

Advantages

This article explains how meditation can benefit everyone in the tech industry. It is especially helpful in a field like programming, where we often struggle or get frustrated when things don't go as planned.

As a programmer and as a human being you may benefit from meditation in the following ways:

Keep your focus on the present

We should embrace the present moment in order to maintain a healthy balance between our professional and personal lives. This goes for both coding and everything else.

Meditation has the wonderful quality of "singular focus" which means focusing on one thing and only one thing.

As you meditate, your only aim is to be present in the moment. It may be easier said than done but the principle is what counts.

The principle can benefit us in many areas if we apply it in our daily lives. Be present when you're with friends or family.

If you're coding, focus on writing code and building. Meditating allows you to build this skill.

  • Dealing with the highs and lows of coding

Programmers are often stressed when they have problems or when deadlines are approaching. Similarly, it can occur when we're given a task we don't know how to accomplish. It's something I've encountered several times.

By practicing regular meditation you can learn how to handle negative situations in a stress-free way (Corliss). In this way, we can use it to deal with situations in which there is a problem or a bug we cannot fix.

It turns out you forgot to add a semicolon, or you forgot to account for something in your function. You can make a huge impact on your coding session with small moments like that.

We can use our breath to stop letting negative feelings enter, experience them for a moment, and then release them.

If you find yourself stuck on a project you will be able to bounce back quickly.

  • Boost your happiness level

Meditating in any form leads to an increase in happiness. Meditation teaches you how to focus on something we all do every day - breathing.

You can develop a sense of joy in the little things by training your mind to observe the breath. Rather than living in the past or future you wake up to life and start living every moment in the present.

When you start meditating, you will feel satisfied even after completing the tiniest of tasks. You may encounter this when you write your first function or figure out how to center a div horizontally.

  • Focus on one block of code at a time

As a developer, you may be intimidated by new projects. Getting started on a new project is the most difficult part. The list of things to do is overwhelming.

Like focusing our attention on one breath at a time we should focus our efforts on one item at a time.

We will be able to become aware of the stress and every aspect of our project by practicing mindfulness.

It is important for programmers not to feel overextended and to start with the first task.

Our focus should remain on the project at hand. By doing this, we can avoid the problem of "thought overload" when developing software that is more advanced.

Even agile software development like Scrum where you're adapting frequently benefits from it.

  • Improve your cognitive abilities

To solve complex problems, we have to understand many difficult programming concepts. Our cognitive abilities are required for processing theory and visualizing how all the moving pieces function in one system.

Goleman writes in a recent article in the Harvard Business Review that mindfulness practice can benefit both “strategic work” and problem-solving.

Your cognitive abilities will be further enhanced through meditation. As a result, you will be better equipped for studying programming regardless of your level of experience.

Find out how to get started

The following are steps you can take today to get started:

  • Estimate how much time you can spend in meditation. Ideally, you should spend 2 to 10 minutes. Excessive time may overwhelm you. Start gently and softly.

  • It's best to do it in a quiet place. Sitting on the ground or in a chair is fine.

  • Make sure you have a timer to keep track of the duration of your meditation. You won't have to constantly check the time.

  • Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Relax.

  • Observe your breathing as you inhale and exhale slowly. Each breath counts as one inhalation and one exhalation. Count ten breaths then repeat.

  • Whenever your thoughts wander, stop, acknowledge them, smile, then come back to your breathing. Focus on your breathing until your thoughts return. Having a wandering mind is inevitable, but you should not punish yourself for it. The mind sometimes wanders but we must remember that we acknowledged it and return to the breath. It would have been helpful if someone had told me this when I first began meditating. It took me almost 4 years to discover this.

  • You should thank yourself after your timer goes off for taking the time to meditate and smile.

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Try doing it twice next week if it feels good. If that works, then add an additional day next week. Try increasing the time you spend meditating as well.

I decided to begin again with 2 minutes in July and gradually work up to 18 minutes.

The Motivation Hacker by Nick Winter is a great book that taught me this technique. Nick calls it the "success spiral".

Starting small and gradually increasing the number until you reach your goal (like 2 minutes a day) is the way to go.

I want to emphasize that the number does not matter. In order to succeed, you must dedicate enough time to it every day if you're serious about it.

Resource Recommendations

As with coding, there are many free resources available! Take the time to do your own research and see what you find. Here are some starting points:

Apps that you might like

  • Headspace — It's a paid app, but I've heard great things about it from friends.

  • Insight Timer — This free app includes a timer with bells and guided meditation. Adding friends and tracking their progress are great features.

If you are interested in online courses

Get a Free 8-week e-course on meditation for beginners by Namchak. The meditation technique I learned in August 2016 has become part of my everyday practice ever since.

Reading books about meditation might be of interest to you

  • Brenda Salgado's book Real World Mindfulness for Beginners. This book contains practices and exercises that are suitable for beginners. I plan to share it with my colleagues at work.

  • The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa . Quite an advanced book. In order to improve my meditation practice I'm currently reading it.

  • Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das . It changed the way I think about life. I really enjoyed it. I read the book before learning about Buddhism and meditation.

  • Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? by Lama Tsomo . It is easy to relate to Tsomo because of her casual style. However, she provides scientific evidence to support her claims. It was very interesting. In addition, she discussed different Tibetan meditation techniques.

Mediation has the ability to transform any person's life no matter who you are. Hopefully, you found this article helpful.

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Will meditation make you a better programmer?

February 16, 2024

How does meditation work?

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Meditation is defined differently by different people. It refers to focusing on the present by intentionally sitting down.

This practice is common to eastern religions, but it doesn't fall under a religious practice. No matter your beliefs whether you are Christian, Muslim, Mormon, Jewish, or anything else you are welcome here.

You will be able to change your perspective on life by training the mind.

It is important to note that I refer to "meditation" in the article as "a practice to develop conscious awareness of the present moment".

I will also use the term "mindfulness." These terms are often used together.

Formal meditation involves sitting down, or walking, or standing, or lying down. On the other hand, mindfulness is about being aware of everything around you.

In the morning, I sit on a small cushion and observe my breath for 15 minutes after waking up. That's meditation.

Meditate and program

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When we are writing code and constructing programs we need to pay close attention to avoid repetition. It's like being "in the zone" or as some know it is in the “flow state".

When you become completely absorbed in your text editor you forget about everything else. Your mind is completely occupied with that particular event right now.

As a result, you fully experience the "coding high" of writing functions that can make or do things to achieve a larger goal.

Meditating helps you develop your level of present-moment awareness. Meditation can train our minds to live with greater awareness if we practice it on a regular basis. This can benefit all aspects of our lives.

It also applies to programming since developing software requires a great deal of focus. It's very important for us programmers to meditate and spend time observing our breath.

This practice will be able to help us with our coding and allow us to focus more deeply on the programs.

Advantages

This article explains how meditation can benefit everyone in the tech industry. It is especially helpful in a field like programming, where we often struggle or get frustrated when things don't go as planned.

As a programmer and as a human being you may benefit from meditation in the following ways:

Keep your focus on the present

We should embrace the present moment in order to maintain a healthy balance between our professional and personal lives. This goes for both coding and everything else.

Meditation has the wonderful quality of "singular focus" which means focusing on one thing and only one thing.

As you meditate, your only aim is to be present in the moment. It may be easier said than done but the principle is what counts.

The principle can benefit us in many areas if we apply it in our daily lives. Be present when you're with friends or family.

If you're coding, focus on writing code and building. Meditating allows you to build this skill.

  • Dealing with the highs and lows of coding

Programmers are often stressed when they have problems or when deadlines are approaching. Similarly, it can occur when we're given a task we don't know how to accomplish. It's something I've encountered several times.

By practicing regular meditation you can learn how to handle negative situations in a stress-free way (Corliss). In this way, we can use it to deal with situations in which there is a problem or a bug we cannot fix.

It turns out you forgot to add a semicolon, or you forgot to account for something in your function. You can make a huge impact on your coding session with small moments like that.

We can use our breath to stop letting negative feelings enter, experience them for a moment, and then release them.

If you find yourself stuck on a project you will be able to bounce back quickly.

  • Boost your happiness level

Meditating in any form leads to an increase in happiness. Meditation teaches you how to focus on something we all do every day - breathing.

You can develop a sense of joy in the little things by training your mind to observe the breath. Rather than living in the past or future you wake up to life and start living every moment in the present.

When you start meditating, you will feel satisfied even after completing the tiniest of tasks. You may encounter this when you write your first function or figure out how to center a div horizontally.

  • Focus on one block of code at a time

As a developer, you may be intimidated by new projects. Getting started on a new project is the most difficult part. The list of things to do is overwhelming.

Like focusing our attention on one breath at a time we should focus our efforts on one item at a time.

We will be able to become aware of the stress and every aspect of our project by practicing mindfulness.

It is important for programmers not to feel overextended and to start with the first task.

Our focus should remain on the project at hand. By doing this, we can avoid the problem of "thought overload" when developing software that is more advanced.

Even agile software development like Scrum where you're adapting frequently benefits from it.

  • Improve your cognitive abilities

To solve complex problems, we have to understand many difficult programming concepts. Our cognitive abilities are required for processing theory and visualizing how all the moving pieces function in one system.

Goleman writes in a recent article in the Harvard Business Review that mindfulness practice can benefit both “strategic work” and problem-solving.

Your cognitive abilities will be further enhanced through meditation. As a result, you will be better equipped for studying programming regardless of your level of experience.

Find out how to get started

The following are steps you can take today to get started:

  • Estimate how much time you can spend in meditation. Ideally, you should spend 2 to 10 minutes. Excessive time may overwhelm you. Start gently and softly.

  • It's best to do it in a quiet place. Sitting on the ground or in a chair is fine.

  • Make sure you have a timer to keep track of the duration of your meditation. You won't have to constantly check the time.

  • Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Relax.

  • Observe your breathing as you inhale and exhale slowly. Each breath counts as one inhalation and one exhalation. Count ten breaths then repeat.

  • Whenever your thoughts wander, stop, acknowledge them, smile, then come back to your breathing. Focus on your breathing until your thoughts return. Having a wandering mind is inevitable, but you should not punish yourself for it. The mind sometimes wanders but we must remember that we acknowledged it and return to the breath. It would have been helpful if someone had told me this when I first began meditating. It took me almost 4 years to discover this.

  • You should thank yourself after your timer goes off for taking the time to meditate and smile.

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Try doing it twice next week if it feels good. If that works, then add an additional day next week. Try increasing the time you spend meditating as well.

I decided to begin again with 2 minutes in July and gradually work up to 18 minutes.

The Motivation Hacker by Nick Winter is a great book that taught me this technique. Nick calls it the "success spiral".

Starting small and gradually increasing the number until you reach your goal (like 2 minutes a day) is the way to go.

I want to emphasize that the number does not matter. In order to succeed, you must dedicate enough time to it every day if you're serious about it.

Resource Recommendations

As with coding, there are many free resources available! Take the time to do your own research and see what you find. Here are some starting points:

Apps that you might like

  • Headspace — It's a paid app, but I've heard great things about it from friends.

  • Insight Timer — This free app includes a timer with bells and guided meditation. Adding friends and tracking their progress are great features.

If you are interested in online courses

Get a Free 8-week e-course on meditation for beginners by Namchak. The meditation technique I learned in August 2016 has become part of my everyday practice ever since.

Reading books about meditation might be of interest to you

  • Brenda Salgado's book Real World Mindfulness for Beginners. This book contains practices and exercises that are suitable for beginners. I plan to share it with my colleagues at work.

  • The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa . Quite an advanced book. In order to improve my meditation practice I'm currently reading it.

  • Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das . It changed the way I think about life. I really enjoyed it. I read the book before learning about Buddhism and meditation.

  • Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? by Lama Tsomo . It is easy to relate to Tsomo because of her casual style. However, she provides scientific evidence to support her claims. It was very interesting. In addition, she discussed different Tibetan meditation techniques.

Mediation has the ability to transform any person's life no matter who you are. Hopefully, you found this article helpful.

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