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Speaker: Mike Gehard, Senior Software Engineer at Pivotal Labs

Mike Gehard, Senior Software Engineer at Pivotal Labs

Do you ever have those days where it seems like your thoughts just wander all over the place? Do you ever have one of those days where it seems like you are unstoppable while developing? The difference between those days is simply a different level of focus.

Meditation is a time tested practice that allows us to improve our focus. As we improve our focus, we improve our ability to work more efficiently. As we work more efficiently, the quality of our work improves.  

This talk will explain who, what, where, why, how and when of meditation in everyday terms.  It will present some information about how our brain works.  It will explain why focus is so important in the connected world we live in. It will present some simple steps that anyone can follow to improve their focus. Finally, it will try to convince all in attendance that developing software can benefit from a simple meditation practice.

Event Schedule

6:30PM - Drinks, Food, Comradery 
7:15PM - Talk + Q&A 
After - Networking


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  • Emily D.

    Great talk! I've been meditating every day, and it's really making a difference.

    April 13, 2014

  • Richard P.

    Good stuff. Thanks Mike! So, I've been using SimplyBeing in my iphone for a number of months. I love it. Simple. Unpretentious. What I like is that you can turn on the messaging, and that makes it a guided meditation. I think that for beginners it helps ease them into mediating and takes out all the questions about doing it right or wrong. Just follow the calm voice and relax. Found it through a NYTimes article last summer.

    PS - there is a nice falling asleep app by the same group. Really nice white noise type sounds that fade off after 20-30 mins. On that note, SleepCycle is also the bomb for checking deep sleep patterns. Ahh, the world of personal monitoring. Works for me! :)

    April 10, 2014

  • Karen P.

    Thanks Mike, for a good talk and, the reminder...need to find focus. Just 10 minutes a day, at least.

    April 10, 2014

  • Mike G.

    Thanks all for joining and being receptive to atypical talks.

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Pat F.

    Interesting discussion and practice.

    April 10, 2014

  • Nick S.

    A great reminder of the joy and effectiveness of focus in work and personal life. Not the typical dev/designer talk, but incredibly applicable to our work.

    April 9, 2014

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