Software development can be rewarding but stressful. On top of that, you need to keep up with new, emerging technology to avoid becoming a dinosaur. Your mind, body and soul can only be pushed up to a certain limit.
Rest helps the mind, exercise and a healthy diet helps the physical body, meditation helps your soul. I’ve written a beginner’s guide to meditation in the past. But as I’ve gained a deeper insight, I’ve learned there is a better way to begin meditating. Meditation is easy, if you know how to get started and use the right tools.
Simple Meditation for Developers
Thanks to my buddy Gjermund Bjaanes, I learned about Headspace. We’ll use that to help us get started.
- Go to http://www.headspace.com and sign up. It’s FREE (first 10 sessions). This is more than you need as a beginner.
- Install their mobile app from the Apple or Android store.
- Watch their short introduction video. (Linked below for skeptics)
- Start Lesson 1. (10 minutes long, 1 lesson per day)
When to meditate
Any time of the day is good. Headspace recommends early the morning. Personally, I meditate right before bedtime. It helps me cope with stress and quiet my chattery mind instead of tossing and turning in bed. But I’ll definitely give meditation a try in the mornings.
No excuses now, just do it. Headspace is there to lead you all the way thru.
How I used to meditate
I’ll be honest. My meditation habit hasn’t been as good as my running or blogging habit. I started strong a couple months ago but felt off the wagon. Recently, I’ve been working on it. I’d meditate at night and listen to audio books from Eckhart Tolle. Thanks to Headspace guidance, I realized that I’ve been doing it all wrong. You don’t have to sit cross-legged or in some monk position. All you have to do is sit comfortably…and that’s it.
The first time I used their approach, I was done meditating in 15 minutes (including the intro video). The person guiding you has a very soothing and calming voice. The 10 minutes flew by, whoa! As any developer with a new shiny discovery, I wanted to go onto lesson 2 but stopped myself.
I slept like a baby that night. I passed out without noticing instead of tossing and turning in my bed. It was awesome. I’ll finish the rest of the lessons.
As a software developer, you know you don’t learn to code until you write code. So, you won’t learn to meditate until you meditate.
Headspace will help you begin with simple meditation. It doesn’t take that much time from your day either. You will feel refreshed and fantastic.
You don’t have to do this alone. Add me as your Headspace buddy using my email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll motivate each other and reap the benefits of meditation.