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Meditation and Software

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A talk that I originally gave at MagicRuby in Feb, 2011.

This talk will give you the background on what meditation is, why it it important for a software developer and some basic tips on how to get started.

You can track what others are saying at #devmed on Twitter.

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Meditation and Software

  1. 1. Meditation and SoftwareMike Gehard, Software Engineer mgehard@pivotallabs.com
  2. 2. Greetings
  3. 3. Thank You
  4. 4. Jon Dahl’s Twitter page
  5. 5. Everyone in this room
  6. 6. DISCLAIMER
  7. 7. YMMV simplerich
  8. 8. Who?
  9. 9. @mikegehard
  10. 10. @pivotalboulderpivotallabs.com
  11. 11. Rock Climber mariachily
  12. 12. Whitewater kayaker
  13. 13. jocelyn.aubert
  14. 14. Wedding Planner snoozeboy
  15. 15. Similarities?
  16. 16. FOCUS
  17. 17. Why focus?
  18. 18. brewbooks
  19. 19. Context Switching
  20. 20. Context SwitchingUnload current context
  21. 21. Context SwitchingUnload current contextLoad new context
  22. 22. Context SwitchingUnload current contextLoad new contextPerform action on new context
  23. 23. Context SwitchingUnload current contextLoad new contextPerform action on new contextUnload current context
  24. 24. Context SwitchingUnload current contextLoad new contextPerform action on new contextUnload current contextLoad old context
  25. 25. Context SwitchingUnload current contextLoad new contextPerform action on new contextUnload current contextLoad old contextPerform action on old context
  26. 26. Context SwitchingUnload current contextLoad new contextPerform action on new contextUnload current contextLoad old contextPerform action on old contextThis context switching can cost you 20-40% of yourproductivity
  27. 27. Results of multitasking?
  28. 28. How do we counteract the effects of multitasking?
  29. 29. Practice focus
  30. 30. Practice focus =
  31. 31. Practice focus = Meditation
  32. 32. What is meditation?
  33. 33. Latin root meditatum
  34. 34. Translation for dhyana
  35. 35. Buddhism picture echiner1
  36. 36. Hinduism picture MisEntropy
  37. 37. Picture of muslims praying preston.rhea
  38. 38. Picture of St. Ignatius of Loyola
  39. 39. Picture of Saint Padre Pio
  40. 40. Picture of person sitting in a park flowbadger
  41. 41. Focus
  42. 42. FocusAwareness
  43. 43. FocusAwareness Intention
  44. 44. Where?/How?
  45. 45. Picture of Walt Disney quote from iPhone
  46. 46. Recap
  47. 47. RecapFind a place where you can be undisturbed
  48. 48. RecapFind a place where you can be undisturbedSit up straight where ever comfortable
  49. 49. RecapFind a place where you can be undisturbedSit up straight where ever comfortableClose your eyes
  50. 50. RecapFind a place where you can be undisturbedSit up straight where ever comfortableClose your eyesTake a 3-4 deep breaths
  51. 51. RecapFind a place where you can be undisturbedSit up straight where ever comfortableClose your eyesTake a 3-4 deep breathsStart a timer
  52. 52. RecapFind a place where you can be undisturbedSit up straight where ever comfortableClose your eyesTake a 3-4 deep breathsStart a timerCount inhales/exhales, 1..2..3 up to 10
  53. 53. RecapFind a place where you can be undisturbedSit up straight where ever comfortableClose your eyesTake a 3-4 deep breathsStart a timerCount inhales/exhales, 1..2..3 up to 10When you get to 10 start over
  54. 54. RecapFind a place where you can be undisturbedSit up straight where ever comfortableClose your eyesTake a 3-4 deep breathsStart a timerCount inhales/exhales, 1..2..3 up to 10When you get to 10 start overIf you get distracted, start over at 1
  55. 55. It is just like riding a bike... clarkmaxwell
  56. 56. Picture of bball player mvongrue
  57. 57. Picture of ruby koans
  58. 58. That’s great but how will it help me become a better developer?
  59. 59. brewbooks
  60. 60. R-Brain vs L-Brain
  61. 61. Rich Brain
  62. 62. Rich Braincreativity
  63. 63. Rich Brain creativitysynthesis of ideas
  64. 64. Rich Brain creativitysynthesis of ideasfiguring things out
  65. 65. Linear Brain
  66. 66. Linear Brain analysis
  67. 67. Linear Brain analysistaking things apart
  68. 68. Linear Brain analysis taking things apartmaking things happen
  69. 69. Practice focus = Meditation
  70. 70. Meditation allows the rich brain to get some “playing time”
  71. 71. Insert picture of shower here stevendepolo
  72. 72. Where am I?
  73. 73. Where am I?Where do I want to go?
  74. 74. Where am I? Where do I want to go?How am I going to get there?
  75. 75. Focus
  76. 76. FocusAwareness
  77. 77. FocusAwareness Intention
  78. 78. OK what about software specifically?
  79. 79. Bueller? Bueller?
  80. 80. Challenge10 minutes a day for 1 week
  81. 81. How has meditation helped your development?
  82. 82. Credits
  83. 83. Many teachers over the years.
  84. 84. All of you
  85. 85. Yes we are hiring in Boulder,CO, San Francisco, CA, New York, NY and Singapore.

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