Gabriel Mazur is IFMGA/UIAGM qualified mountain guide. Aside his love for the mountains he is interested and involved in Tibetan Buddhist practice. His story…
In the beginning
Growing up in the north of Slovakia I was lucky to be surrounded by people who were the change they wanted to see. This group of people eventually became “truc sphérique” and their creativity and thinking out of the box sparked my own personal quest. The traditional idea of study/work/buy/consume/die didn’t excite me in the slightest.
On the other hand, I didn’t really know what my life direction was.
Taking my first step
I started to learn about the mind, discovering Zen meditation at the age of 14. Eventually, four years later, in 1997 I met a Tibetan teacher and inspired by his warmth and simplicity I decided to visit his monastery in central France. I embarked on a traditional contemplative training that took me 9 years. During this time I accomplished the traditional 3 year group meditation retreat. The time in such a protected environment creates an idea of development. However, the real test is to leave the bubble and to see whether any progress has been made.
So the next step was to return to regular life, partnership, job and see how much impact and reality the mind training has in day to day life.
Applying it to the real world
I reignited my passion for climbing and mountaineering, followed theUIAGM mountain guide training with the Czech Mountain Guides Association – CMGA and lived in a long term relationship. In these (the relationship and the mountains) the benefits of working with one’s mind are most obvious. Mountaineering brings long lasting moments of stress, fear, objective danger and also boredom as well as short moments of intense satisfaction and accomplishment, which are immediately trashed by the prospect of long and sketchy descents. Likewise a long term relationship brings up endless play of emotions, possession and the fear of loss.
Attraction, aversion, indifference. All of these emotions are the perfect playground for mind training.
Bringing it out
This rich mix of experience has become a resource that taught me how to cohabit with fear and yet not be paralysed by it, how to feel the despair and yet separate from it and take appropriate decisions. To be under pressure and yet gather the mind together to take Just the Next Step.
Climbing mountains, whether outer or inner ones, developing personal well-being regardless of circumstances is where I like to play.
We all have minds, we all have emotions.
We all want to be more settled, happy and in control. We can all benefit from some inner stretching and mind training, just as our bodies benefit from exercising.
If you are interested in exploring the next step with me simply get in touch and we can have a conversation.