21 minutes ago
I write a ton of code, and i meditate - here's why. both are extremely important for my sense of wellbeing. i've been making computers do things since i was ten years old (yeah it was a looooong time ago, longer than you'd think actually... it was the 80s haha), fascinated by the power i had to make things happen on the screen. eventually i became a professional full time programmer (i'm part-time freelance programmer, part time meditation teacher now). along the path i found many challenges. in my late 20s, i had the realisation that my mind was very important, because it was the thing that let me write code effectively, and my job depended on that, and my life depended on my job, so i better figure out how to take care of it (especially as, being a careful programmer, i'd trained my mind to watch out for things that could go wrong, which fed into my naturally anxious tendencies, and when i'm stressed i'm less effective at coding). a wise person in my life introduced me to mindfulness and meditation (which i like to call attention regulation training, sounds much more appealing) and i've been doing it ever since. .
the main benefits i find are (1) i recognise when i'm stressed, and know how to relax - an essential part of meditation training is learning about how stress manifests and how to release that stress when it's getting in the way - as much fun as coding is, burnout is a thing and we need to effectively prevent it (2) i recognise when i'm distracted or focused, and have learned how to "bring myself back" to the task at hand (meditation develops focus and concentration over time, sooooo valuable during coding sessions (3) my creativity takes a jump - having regular scheduled times to give my mind rest periods through meditation means it stays curious and creative, which helps me solve those problems i gotta solve....
the ultimate guide to meditation for programmers is on its way. i'd love your help writing it. dm if you're interested in helping me with this project (the results will be free for everyone!).