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Being Before Doing: Jay Chodagam at TEDxGoldenGatePark

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Published on Nov 14, 2013

Jay Chodagam talks about the importance of mindfulness and meditation at TEDxGoldenGatePark.

In 1998, while getting his master's degree in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Jay came to the realization that a life of fulfillment trumps a life of achievement.
His search led him to understanding and researching meditation techniques, which had an immediate impact in bringing a sense of purpose and fulfillment in his life. Since then, he has been a proponent of mindfulness training for people of all ages and backgrounds to identify their purpose and enhance the sense of self-worth. Change in awareness through meditation has proven to improve the quality of personal life and productivity at the workplace.

Jay advocates, through his own life, the importance of slowing down and "being" before "doing". After creating a successful career in Silicon Valley including co-authoring a couple of books at IBM, Jay decided to step away and chose instead to teach mindfulness in schools, universities, hospitals, prisons and communities around the world.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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