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"You see what you look for. And you can train yourself to attend to the joy out there waiting to be had,
instead of passively waiting for it to come to you."

Winifred Gallagher 

Coaching Degree, Ramon Llull University, Fundació Pere Tarrés, Barcelona, 2016-2017.

Neuroscience applied to Coaching,
accredited by ICF y CCE, 2017.

Superior Neuroscience Studies for personal and professional development, Educational Paths 2017-2018.


Neuroplasticity and Transformation.
The real and sustainable change: Rewire Your Brain, and develop mental flexibility based on neuroscience.

Generating Alternatives through Creativity Thinking: 

Manual Thinking.

Lateral Thinking.

Creative Problem Solving.

Strategic Problem Solving.

Design Thinking applied to life.

Body and Change.
Developing Resilience and Adaptation skills, as well as mindfulness way of living.


This Month's recommendation:  This Is How To Kill Bad Habits With MindfulnessErik Barker (extract).

Judson Brewer is the director of the Therapeutic Neuroscience Laboratory at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and wrote: The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love – Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits. That’s what bad habits are. Addictions.

The craving mind: We’re often told that you can’t get rid of a habit; you can only replace it. Heck, even I’ve said that.

But mindfulness didn’t replace smoking with anything: “Our data showed that mindfulness decoupled this link between craving and smooking.”Psychologists call this cognitive dissonance — the stress we experience when we hold two contradictory thoughts, beliefs, opinions or attitudes.

Subjects were more likely to take responsibility for their mistakes when they believed they had the power to change their behavior.

The first step is to recognize cognitive dissonance in action. Your mind will go to great lengths to preserve your sense of identity, so it helps to be aware of what that dissonance feels like. Typically, it manifests as confusion, stress, embarrassment or guilt.

Bad Habits Are Coping, Not Fixing: You feel stressed. Or anxious. Or sad. Whatever. Point is, you’re feeling not-good. Naturally, you want to feel good. So you do something that has made you feel good in the past.

It’s the standard habit model: Trigger, Behavior, Reward. And after you do it enough times, it’s a reflex. You’re instinctively reacting, not thoughtfully responding.

But the real issue with bad habits is while they scratch the itch, they don’t fix the underlying problem. Not only don’t fix your problems, they often make them worse. But since you’re reacting instinctively, you rarely notice your bad habit is actually making the problem worse. And that’s where mindfulness comes in: noticing. Pay attention. Don’t judge.

How do you cope with that awful discomfort until the craving fades? RAIN

1-Recognize it. And don’t you even think about rationalizing it. Dealing with something is quite hard if you don’t realize there’s a something.

2-Accept it. That doesn’t mean “give in.” Just accept that the craving is there.

3-Investigate: Normally you deal with bad habits by trying to get away from them. Mindfulness does the exact opposite. Get curious. The key here is “nonindentification.” Remember: you are not your thoughts. Your brain thinks all kinds of crazy stuff. That doesn’t mean those thoughts are you.

4-Note: Make mental notes of your feelings. Use a single word or a short phrase to put a label on what you feel. Sounds silly but it’s actually extremely powerful. You’re using some bleeding-edge neuroscience here. Noting reduces the impact of emotions. When you give a feeling a name, your brain calms down.




Other recommended articles:

Aldous Huxley on How We Become Who We Are, How to Get Out of Our Own Way, and the Necessity of Mind-Body Education

Interview to Michel Foucault: El poder, los valores morales y el Intelectual.

Emotional Intelligence Needs a Rewrite

You probably know to ask yourself, “What do I want?” Here’s a way better question

Frédéric Lenoir, “Si conviertes la vida en un trámite, acaba siéndolo”

Lama Jampa Monlam, “Nuestro sufrimiento no depende del afuera”

The Science of Stress and How Our Emotions Affect Our Susceptibility to Burnout and Disease

Líderes de nuestros deseos, Fernando Trías de Bes.

To Change Your Life, Learn How to Trust Your Future Self

Entropy: Why Life Always Seems to Get More Complicated

Open-minded people have a different visual perception of reality

Habits vs Goals : A Look at the Benefits of a Systematic Approach to Life

Why mastery beats creativity—every time

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