Last night I had the pleasure to premiere my new talk „Mind as Code – Mindfulness for software developers and knowledge workers“ (If you don’t follow their MeetUp-Channel, do that now. Very interesting topics and always a great bunch of people). Thanks to Thoughtworks and especially Jenna from Thoughtworks for hosting me and the 50 participants in such a kind way.
Here are some resources around the talk:
- The slides of my talk „Mind as Code“.
- I like the Insight Meditation Timer app for (surprise) its nice timer, the community elements and its statistics and mild gamification elements.
- If you want to sprinkle your day with mindfulness, use the Buddhify app. Lots of guided meditations for all kinds of situations in daily life.
- The book „Search Inside Yourself“ is a good intro into the 2 day mindfulness program, that has been developed within Google.
- Personally I really enjoy learning from Shinzen Young – a geeky US based meditation teacher who has written a great book: „Science of Enlightment“.
- Approximately one weekend per month, Shinzen also runs a remote meditation retreat. During the weekend a couple of sessions are offered, you can book one or more sessions and then call in through conference call software. It’s called the home practice program and is a great way to get to know Shinzens teaching more.
- Further interesting reads from more geeky, science oriented teachers are: „The Mind Illuminated“ and „Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha, An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book„
- And if you want to dive into the science behind meditation, the book „Altered Traits – Science Reveals how Meditation changes your mind, brain and body“ is a great and recent overview of what we know about the science of meditation and what we don’t. It’s written by Daniel Goleman, who popularized the concept of emotional intelligence in the 90s and Richard Davidson, who is one of the leading cognitive scientist in the field of meditation.
And finally, if you are looking for guided meditations in German, sign up to my email newsletter (around 6 emails / year) and you receive two guided mediations from me for free. One is a classical meditation focusing on the breath as the meditation object, thus developing concentration. The other one is exploring relaxation, developing calm and equanimity.