Since the beginning of the year I’ve been doing a bit of meditation with Headspace.com.
I’ve got what is probably a typical programmer brain – excessively literal, maniacally analytical, obsessively procedural, and more than a bit anal. It’s a great brain for programming, dealing with computers, and just Getting Shit Done. It’s not always the best brain for working with people. Sometimes when it gets rolling on it’s track, it can be difficult to stop that train. Sometimes it jumps the tracks and careens all about the place.
I’m finding the meditation to be really helpful with that. Actually doing the meditation provides a nice sense of calmness that sticks with me through the day. It’s been really helpful with dealing with resistance that pops up in daily life and letting that occur rather than fighting it. It’s been a big help in corralling run-away brain so I can get to sleep at night.
All in all, I’m a bit surprised how much I like it.
(Hi, Todd’s brain here. I firmly reject any trace of New Age hooey-ism, but this stuff is OK.)