Mindfulness and Thinking resources

here are two Buddhism podcasts I recommend:

https://secularbuddhism.com/

Noah Rasheta is mellow and practical and friendly. He starts each episode with “Don’t learn Buddhism to be a Buddhist, learn it to be a better whoever you are”, which I strongly agree with. Buddhist principles highlight a way of seeing, which is compatible and very helpful for everyday real life.

https://www.everyday-buddhism.com

The host Wendy is chipper and engaging. This podcast is a more Eastern-centric, but is still very understandable and useful.

– the Headspace pack on “Acceptance” I have gotten a lot out of and continue to repeat. It’s about not reaching out and controlling things, or pushing things away, but accepting reality and then acting assertively. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2LMvPF-F2U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYWlfVqBQLc Esther Nam – One weird trick to becoming a better software developer – PyCon 2018

Esther talks about using Empathy to become a better developer. I’ve found ego, in myself and others, is a very fast way to kill productivity and clarity. Tools such as Empathy withdraw the power and drama from the ego, thus simplifying the way forward. Ironically this “touchy feely” idea is incredibly valuable even for hard/engineering-type projects worked on by us Developers or DevOps Engineers.

– Anne-Laure is a neuroscience student, here’s her brief talk about Focused vs Diffused modes of thinking, which I hand-wave and call “left and right brained” 🙂 In this episode she talks about “shower thoughts” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wOgJ5NuMNY