Coding As A Substitute For Meditation?December 2, 2012 5:43 am
Here is the Wikipedia definition for meditation:
“Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind and/or induces a mode of consciousness to realize some benefit, although it can be argued that meditation is a goal in and of itself.”
It is definitely not a stretch to compare that explanation to coding, particularly when you are ‘in the zone’. Tools are involved, but so does meditation. It is about focusing on one thing. It is about bringing your mind’s various powers to help you in the now. It is about zoning out of everything else. It is about realizing how powerful your mind can really be.
So the real question is this: Is it possible for us to spend a chunk of time (say, one hour) coding, zone out of all interruptions / thought branches, and come out as refreshed as we would, if we had meditated in silence? If yes, then can we just substitute meditation with coding? If not, why not?