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Leading, Coding, And Meditating

Leading, Coding, And Meditating
Have you ever wanted to learn more about the relationship between meditation, technology, and leadership?

This week I’m excited to share an interview with you all about this topic. I was delighted to join former Navy SEAL Platoon Commander, FBI Special Agent and SWAT Operator Errol Doebler and his cohost Zac Ruiz for their Leadership in Tech Podcast.

I had an amazing time talking with Errol and Zac and I think you’ll get a lot out of our discussion.

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of the show.

Morgan, Zac, and Errol bring in the new year by discussing meditation, and how it can benefit leaders, tech workers, and everyone else as well.

Below are links provided by Morgan for references to what he says during his interview, as well as for contacting him, or viewing his articles: (this includes references to a lot of recent studies) (this gets deep into the brain science referencing a HBR article) (this is a guide to science and meditation) (a bunch of articles on how mindfulness helps in the workplace) (all about creating a meditation habit)

*( For comprehensive show notes go right to )*


The Leadership in Tech Podcast is a part of The Technology OnRamp, a tech and leadership development nonprofit.

Tech OnRamp is a 10-week, educational program that prepares candidates for their first, or one of their first, jobs in the technology sector.

If you or someone you know is interested, contact Zac Ruiz or Paul Maslany for more info, or to start right away by setting up a short 15 minute interview!

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Zac Ruiz
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Errol Doebler
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Check out Zac, Errol, Paul, and any guests past or present on the Pod Database for podcasters, their guests, and their producers and assistants.

HOSTED BY: Zachary Ruiz, Errol Doebler, Paul R. Maslany (Intro’s)
PRODUCERS: Paul R. Maslany, Kara Wood
MUSIC: Big Big Boss by Nicolas Falcon

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Using Meditation to See the Bigger Picture

Seeing the Bigger Picture

Imagine you’re at a beach on a beautiful summer’s day, and you become aware of a child moping and whining, complete with the familiar ear-piercing tones. It’s easy to question the parenting present (or not present), yell at the kid in your own head, and get upset that he is ruining your day.

Or, you can choose to see that child’s issues and expressions in context of the entire scene. From the perspective of the entire scene, his issues are at a relatively minor volume compared to the warmth of the sun, the gentle lapping of the waves, and the smooth sand between your feet.

This shift in perspective does not stop the kid from whining, but instead, it puts him in context. Doing so will quite naturally make his tones less abrasive. As far as you’re concerned, the pleasant sensations of the day override the abrasiveness of his issues.

Context in Meditation

This is something we practice and reinforce in meditation. We train ourselves to sit with the moment exactly how it is, with all the sensations we are aware of.

The tendency is for our minds to glom on to one particular sensation or thought, whether to judge it or analyze it, to question why it’s there or wish it away. Meditation is a practice of noticing that we are down the rabbit hole of thought, and then letting go of that attachment and bringing our awareness back to the greater context of all sensations present.

Context Breeds Compassion

A few years back I was driving in the pre-dawn hours to work and I pulled into an empty parking lot to get a bagel and a cup of coffee. As I pulled in, I noticed there was another car coming at a right angle towards me, and we were headed to a collision. We both stopped short and in the subsequent pause I sped away into a parking spot. My intent was to get out of the way of the other driver as quickly as possible so we could both get where we wanted to go.

As it turned out, we were both headed to the same bagel shop. This older woman came in behind me and was indignant, fuming about how I had driven, exclaiming that I was a dangerous driver and almost caused an accident.

When I apologized and gently explained my reasoning, that I was trying to get out of her way, she immediately softened. As she understood the greater context for my actions, her rage almost instantly turned to compassionate understanding, and no longer took offense.

Looking For Context

When we can provide context to a personal problem we’re facing, or a potentially anger-inducing quote, or an eye-catching headline, we free ourselves to likewise find compassionate understanding.

The way information is peddled to us is often in quick sound-bite format, devoid of depth and context. A movie may be advertised as “Critics are saying… ‘amazing’” but perhaps what the critic actually said was, “This movie is an amazing waste of time and money.”

Likewise, it is common for us to complain that “Life isn’t fair.” However, consider what were some of the worst moments of your life when they happened. Perhaps after time has gone by, and you can see them in the greater context of who you are and how you have grown, these events were actually forces of good, and helped you evolve and move your life in a direction that has been undoubtedly beneficial.

Context provides us freedom.

A Challenge

I will challenge you, as I challenge myself, to strive to find the greater context of challenges that you face. Notice the knee-jerk reactions you have to things, and strive to find the deeper meaning. I invite you to look for the 90% of the proverbial iceberg that is submerged and not consider that 10% tip to be its entirety.

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Meditation Made Easy

Meditation Made Easy

Can you learn to do nothing at all?

In my work I really try to make meditation as easy as possible for everyone. That is not because I lack appreciation for the profound depth and profundity of this practice – in fact quite the opposite.

I realize that true meditation means simply resting in the recognition of who you really are. It means just being yourself in the deepest possible way.

Too often meditation is thought of as only a technique – following the breath, repeating a mantra, visualizing a white light, etc. Of course any of these forms of meditation can lead you to the essence of your true nature. In fact they were designed for that very reason.

Unfortunately, more often than not practitioners get stuck in the never ending process of perfecting their technique. They get better and better at it without ever discovering the Truth that they were searching for in the first place.

The way I teach meditation makes it so simple. You just sit without making a problem out of anything that arises. You become the space through which all of your experiences keep flowing. All you do is allow everything to be the way it is.

The Practice of Emptiness

This is a practice of emptiness. You are simply empty space. If you don’t think about it, or try to do it, you will find it is easy. In fact, it is what you are already doing all the time. Meditation is not different from being and since you are always being, then you are always meditating.

What could be simpler than being something you already are, or doing something you’re already doing?

So if I do anything that gives you the impression that you need to do anything at all in order to meditate, I will be taking you away from who you already are and what you’re already doing.

You are a Conscious Entity

When I teach meditation what I am actually doing is helping people recognize who they already are and what they’re already engaged in. That means recognizing that you are a conscious entity that is alive and aware.

When you really get that you will see that it is a miracle to be you. How did you get here? How did you become conscious? It is almost funny how easily we can miss the miraculous nature of who we are. Modern life has us so caught up in the never ending effort to acquire more that we miss the miracle that is already here.

It is more difficult to really understand this than you might think. Almost everyone gets the simplicity of this form of meditation initially, but they find this non-problematic approach very difficult to stay with for long.

Every year I teach a five-day retreat that includes lots of meditation. I always start the retreat telling people that I can teach them everything I have to share about meditation in the very first hour. After that all I can do is repeat what I have already said. There is nothing more to know.

Meditation Means Doing Nothing

If we allow meditation to be as simple as it is, there is really very little to learn about it. The technique of just being can be mastered almost immediately. All we have to do is sit still and not make a problem out of anything that arises. Just don’t do anything and allow it all to be fine the way it is. Leave your experience alone, don’t change a thing.

What we discover is that when we are not involved in the never ending process of monitoring, regulating and adjusting our experience everything runs smoothly along. Your internal bickering is really not necessary.

It’s easy to explain what meditation is and how to do it. It’s a lot harder to believe it. We are so conditioned to thing that nothing good comes easily. We’ve been taught that hard work is the only thing that pays off. Meditation isn’t like that.

Meditation only pays off when we allow it to be as easy as it is. Meditation means doing nothing and what could be easier to do than nothing.

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