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Mindfulness and Meditation for the Uncertain Mind

by Rufo Sanchez

Synopsis

In recent years, mindfulness and meditation have both become capital-B Buzzwords. It’s hard to read anything about mental health or “wellness” without a mention, and meditation apps and services are a dime a dozen. Are you curious what they mean?… but also not really sure if they’re for you, or worried they’re for hippies or otherwise, y’know, not actually real?

Trust me, I wondered the same thing. In this talk, we’ll go over what mindfulness and meditation can be: effective tools to help observe the emotional reactions and thought patterns that rule our day - and our interactions with other humans - without us even realizing it. We’ll cover the basics in an objective, non-judgmental way, you’ll finally figure out what mindfulness and meditation are, and you’ll come away with resources to start becoming more mindful in your own life.

Resources

The list here is by absolutely no means exhaustive, but links to resources I’ve either found helpful or heave heard are great for others. If you have others you think would be good, please feel free to drop me a line or open a PR 🙂

Some quick science links

A few books

All of the above books have great references too. I’d also look through Sharon Salzburg’s other books, and Joseph Goldstein is another well-regarded author whose talks I enjoyed.

Apps

While you don’t need an app, and the commercialization of something that is at its most basic is free and very easy gives me pause, they can be a great way to get started and get exposed to a variety of different meditation types. The two I’ve used are Headspace and 10% Happier. Headspace has a great introduction to meditation, and most of their content is read by cofounder Andy Puddicombe, so it’s fairly consistent. 10% Happier on the other hand takes the approach of collecting meditations from a wide variety of teachers, often collected into courses that have brief interviews or talks between the teacher and Dan talking about something mindful.

Both of the above apps are subscription-based, so it’s worth trying them out and seeing what you prefer. If you want something free, Insight Timer is a choice I’ve used in the past just for a meditation timer but also has many free guided meditations. Other apps I haven’t tried: Calm, Oak.

Other talks

One of my co-presenters on the RailsConf 2019 self-care track Amy Newell presented a talk on suffering that talked about Tara Brach's RAIN mindfulness meditation technique; I'll add a link to the talk here once videos are posted. (Also, check out the other talks on the self-care track!)

Other Resources

I really enjoy the writings of David Cain at Raptitude, discussing the effects of mindfulness on your day to day life. Some example posts:

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