How Changing Your Mind Can Change Your Life

You are perfect, beautiful, and wonderful.

There's always a way to do what you want to do in your body. Which means there is nothing wrong with your body.

Have you ever put yourself in a position where you can't move, and then get mad at your body for being so immovable? Do you ever hit walls where you think, to get anywhere with this body, I just have to push and it's not going to feel good?

There's nothing wrong with you. There's everything right with you.

A friend of mine recently asked, "How long does it take to get there?" Practicing ease to accomplish challenging things sounds nice. But at first it's not easy, right?

Well, maybe. But in a way, if we're just easygoing once things are really no problem for us, then we might be missing half the cookie here! And it's the good half. It's the half of the cookie that lets us handle anything there is in life, simply by knowing ourselves, working with what we've got, and believing that's enough. More than enough.

That's one heck of a cookie.

Here's the best part. It takes absolutely no time at all to get there — to be easy in you — because "there" is exactly where you are. It's a really good place to go. Ready? You're there.

OK, that's nice, but how? What happens when you just don't feel like you're anywhere close to easy? What happens when you don't really believe anything real can be gained except by struggling, because life is just plain hard?

1. Relax.

Relax every inch of you, enough that when you roll around your hips and belly, the rest of your body just moves easily along for the ride.

2. Breathe.

Use extra-deep, extra-long breaths to fill up and feel through everything you can feel in your body.

3. Make friends with your body.

Relaxed, breathing deep, start exploring and feeling your way around you. Get to know what you've got.

You can practice this on your hands and knees, just rolling your hips around and letting the rest of your body go where it wants to go. When you find a spot that feels good to linger, linger and breathe there. When you want to move, move.

You can carry this into your running, your sports, your work, how you move a glass of water across a counter. Knowing yourself, getting good at working with what you've got, you'll find that hard things just aren't so hard any more. You'll find that you're more than enough, for everything there is.

From a relaxed place, you can move easily into you. From breathing deep, you're going to feel much more than usual. You'll start to feel not just stress, but everything your body is telling you. When you feel, you can't help but become your own best caregiver. Because you want to feel good!

So move easy exactly where you are, without some big THERE to get to. One day at time, one move at a time, that easygoing territory just expands without limit. Your energy becomes inexhaustible. You inspire yourself. You inspire everybody around you.

Change your mind about your body to change your body.

Change your mind about your life to change your life.

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Michael Taylor

Co-Founder Of Strala Yoga & Tai Chi Expert
Mike Taylor is the co-founder of Strala along with his wife, Tara Stiles. He studied mind-body medicine at Harvard and complementary medicine at Oxford. Mike has practiced Eastern movement and healing, including tai chi and qigong, for more than 30 years. 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. His record established the strength of finding your own way in your own body rather than copying the techniques of other people’s traditions. As he got older, Mike continued on to medical applications of the mind-body connection in university. After running into walls with standard medical practice in the United States and England, he left his health care roots for a little while. As the first internet boom was getting started, he joined the startup team of one company, then founded a couple more. Now through Strala, Mike has found his way back to health care done right: helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, enable their lives, and become their own best caregivers.Mike has climbed some of the world’s largest mountains in Alaska, the Alps, and the Himalayas. He’s now a cyclist and runner and spends as much free time as possible exploring the backcountry on foot, skis, and snowboard. He lives in New York with his wife, Tara, and baby, Daisy.

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