Interview with Carola García Díaz: "Mindfulness helps us to manage the emotions"

When you read the book of Kabat-Zinn Live fully the crisis, He found what he was looking for: a program linking the yoga, meditation and the auto-indagacion in a way systematic, affordable, without losing its depth and power of transformation. It is an interview of Yoga network.

Carola Garcia

Count Carol: "I began studying yoga long already, in 1993. For me it was a total discovery, wish to deepen fully on it took me to live four years in an ashram in United States and two years in India.

When I went back to Spain and began giving yoga lessons again, I saw that somehow yoga was not enough for me at that moment. Class came increasingly more people with problems of anxiety, insomnia, etc... and only the hatha yoga did not allow me to go as far as the people called for. In addition, the meditation that I practiced it wasn't for everyone, and I looked for a way to introduce that was more "neutral" without losing its depth.

Thus fell into my hands the book of Kabat-Zinn Live fully the crisis, and there I found what I was looking for. I discovered a program linking yoga, meditation and the auto-indagacion in a systematic, affordable way, without losing any of its depth and power of transformation. I am now dedicated exclusively to the teaching of mindfulness and, specifically, the stress reduction program based on Mindfulness (MBSR) "."

You explain how what is an outsider to the world of meditation mindfulness?
Mindfulness or mindfulness, as it translates at times, means to be present at what is happening without letting ourselves get too carried away by our interpretations or automatic perceptions of what we experience. Mindfulness involves cultivating the part of our mind that he "realizes", more directly perceived through the senses and differentiating our opinions and judgments about what we have before us.

The mindfulness helps us to stop and open a space to learn to see what is going through your mind before reacting automatically. It allows us to see more options for response.

As one of my teachers said: "both think sabotaged serenity". Learn to be present without be guided automatically by our judgments of what allows us to be, to be, while we see how the mind thinks, the ears hear, the eye sees, and all of this can happen without dragging us. It is a training to live here and now with more fully.

What's the difference between mindfulness of traditional meditation focused on the development of mindfulness?
Mindfulness, our ability to be present without leaving us to drag, for example, by thoughts of the past or the future, or better said, realizing our ability to choose from let us drag for them or not, It is something that we have to cultivate.

To cultivate this way of relationship with what we perceive, practice, among other things, meditation, in which we focus the mind on different objects (breath, sounds, etc.). That strengthens our minds, learning that we can note that the attention is gone, and gently, bring it back to where we want, the present moment, for example, our breath.

The important thing is not the object of observation itself (breathing, sounds or whatever) but strengthening the capacity of observation, This consciousness occurring account that we are thinking about seeing, feeling... And so, when we got up from the Chair after meditating and go to our work or for breakfast, we can move that similarly interact with what we are doing, since one Nice observation of what is, without be guided both by the history of what is.

For what type of daily psychological problems are more indicated the mindfulness and how it works?
We can all benefit of living with greater presence and acceptance of what we are experiencing, especially in relation to our emotions.

Cultivate the ability to experience thoughts and emotions, without letting ourselves blinded by the history that is behind, allows us to be more at peace with ourselves and live more fully.

Learn how to relate, even to "AmigaOS us", with our mind and emotions, makes us happier. We realize that fight against what we feel, although it is something you do not like us, brings us many times to make things worse. Mindfulness helps us to be present with unpleasant emotions (also with the pleasant!) and hence from the experience of noticing them (in the body, for example) and not entering the story and "pondering" on them. For this reason, Mindfulness can also be of great help to people with chronic pain, anxiety, fears, etc.

For example, people who have to live with chronic pain can learn to distinguish between physical pain and the pain that we add when we let our minds between a spiral of concern, chaining dramatic thoughts about it (suffering).

It can that those thoughts of concern, for example, continue coming to our minds, but we will have developed the ability to see those thoughts as such, not as facts, and enjoy the freedom that gives us to stop, see that they are there and that we don't have to continue feeding them. "As says Kabat-Zinn:"We can not stop the waves but we can learn to surf."

What are the reasons why you would you recommend taking a course in mindfulness?
We all have the ability to take our attention wherever you want (unless you have some kind of brain injury). From this point of view, mindfulness is universal.

Of course, in Buddhism and other contemplative traditions, attention and give us account from the senses is something that has been developed and studied very deeply. Hence the term mindfulness, the word comes sati, that in turn comes from the Sanskrit smrti, that means remembering, not in the sense of memory, but re-member, return here when we went.

But it is to grow that capacity. For me, Learn mindfulness involves discovering a capacity of our brains that we do not know if we do not practice it. It is like having a gemstone hidden without knowing it.

We probably do not need a course to think, analyze, or further develop our conceptual mind. Now we learn it in school, University, etc. And it is very important, of course. But for now, although there are already initiatives with children in schools, This capability of realizing from experience of what it is, is something that we have to teach, and that we must cultivate.

There are many studies that demonstrate how mindfulness training changes our brain physiologically. There is much talk of this now, of neuroplasticity. After eight weeks of practice, for example, areas of the brain such as the hippocampus increases its thickness. And it is interesting to note that people with post-traumatic stress disorder have that area of the brain of a smaller size.

I.e., strengthen areas of our brain, that help us better manage the emotions and develop our capacity for empathy and creativity, is something that can help us to live, especially in these times of so much suffering.

The scope of the University of science, qualifications, what can contribute to contemplative techniques and above all to the spiritual growth of people?
I believe that it has been fundamental to the mindfulness the fact that from the first moment, the Mindfulness-based stress reduction program began in 1979, is scientific studies about its effects. I.e., is not only the people who practiced it to say: "I'm better in stressful situations" or "I've learned to relax", but that this positive experience resulted in brain physiological changes. This has been key to understanding the success of the mindfulness today and why it has been extended from the field of health, education, psychology, business, sports, etc.

Given the fact that contemplative disciplines begin to be offered at the University, I think I, greater credibility and weight, at least a priori. I think that can be good, but mindfulness can not be only an idea or a theoretical knowledge. If you are staying in that it is not nothing, in my opinion. Thus interact with the life that offers us only mindfulness practice is really whether practiced and it is constant. Only in this way we can reach to integrate it in such a way that it becomes something more than a practice, be a way of being, a way of living.

The course in City Yoga: stress reduction program based on Mindfulness of the University of Massachusetts (MBSR).

There will be two free presentations: Friday, September 25 at 6 p.m. and Friday 2 October at the 11.30. It is necessary to register on the website of City Yoga.

Program consists of eight sessions of 2 hours and a half, a session a week, and is complemented by a full day of practice.

Sessions they learn and practice stretching, breathing, meditation, relaxation exercises and how to manage thoughts and emotions to live better.

The sessions are complemented by weekly tasks of individual practice at home with the help of CD recordings and other materials.

It is aimed at anyone who wants to learn tools to live better and participate in your physical and mental well-being for a lifetime.

In cases of stress workplace, family, health (chronic diseases, pain, cancer, etc.) problems or psychological problems (anxiety, fears, depression, disorders of sleep, etc.)

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By • Sep 21, 2015 • section: Interview