Kumare, False Gurus, and the Power of You
An old friend of mine was recently visiting New York, and we went to see a very great movie called Kumare. If you haven't already, go see it! It's about the uselessness of gurus, and gives an extremely useful message: the only guru we ever need is already inside each one of us.

This got us talking about how we all have limitless creative power. Really? My friend often makes jokes about his height. He's not tall. So, with my limitless creative power, can I grow taller?

This is one of those common ideas we all know: we have great abilities inside us already. We're great! It's worth exploring what exactly does this mean and how do I get in there??

1) You can change your mind in an instant. There's more than one way to go about this. Sometimes people get together in support groups and yell "I'm fabulous and you're fabulous!!!" That's one way. Another is to change your mind about you. Understand that you have creative power. And then most important, do the work that brings about change in your life, based on belief in yourself.

2) Your body follows your mind. What you think and believe creates and shapes you. For example, if you think vibrantly good health is beyond your reach, your body listens to that thought, very carefully. Another way of saying it is, you look like how you think. Thoughts are powerful, and we get to choose them.

3) Your mind, body, and life are all the same thing. They are all connected and follow each other. We aren't a collection of disjointed parts. We're all one connected holistic being. What we practice in any part of our lives - for better or worse - ripples throughout everything we are. That's creative power, and it's at work all the time.

So does this make my old friend taller? Not exactly. Our number of inches, along with living on planet earth, may be in a very tiny set of somewhat less movable parts. But there's still movement there. In creating a life you love - a you that you love - you don't think so much about whether you can see over that next wall. You get to just climb right over, or open up the door.

About the Author

Mike is a guide and resident healer at Strala Yoga in New York. Named “Best Mover” by MindBodyGreen and one of Shape Magazine’s Hottest Trainers, he’s practiced Eastern movement and healing techniques for more than three decades, including tai chi, qigong, and shiatsu.

In his younger years, Mike challenged centuries of reasonable and well-tested martial traditions in hundreds of competitions, by applying unruly imagination to a world where rules were unbreakable. As he got older, he happily become more interested in supporting bodies than disrupting them, and continued on to medical applications of the mind-body connection in university.

Mike studied mind-body medicine at Harvard, and alternative medicine and psychology at Oxford. After running into walls with standard medical practice in the U.S. and England, Mike left his healthcare roots. He worked at a steel mill for a while, joined a web company, and then founded a few more. He now serves on the board of Odyl, which helps people discover books on Facebook.

As Strala has grown, Mike has found his way back to health care done right: helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, become their own best caregivers, and live happy capable lives. Mike is a mountaineer, runner, cyclist, skier, and snowboarder, and is the husband of yoga master Tara Stiles. You can take The Complete Guide To Yoga Video Course With Tara Stiles, Featuring Michael Taylor here at MindBodyGreen.

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