I am Michael Gregory for over 30 years, mindfulness has been my first love, my mainstay, my anchor through the ups and downs of life. I am a teacher, writer, mindfulness counselor and former Buddhist monk.
Life started easily enough – born as an only child to an educated, well-to-do family from New York City. A beautiful childhood turned quickly sour however. Things went bad just before my eighth birthday – my Father was brutally mudered by his business partner for insurance money. My teenage years were filled with depression and anger. I tried counseling to no avail. Meditation helped. I went to school for Philosophy in an attempt to better understand myself and the world I was experiencing. For work I chose investment banking. Outwardly successful, but internally miserable and close to suicide. Copious drug and alcohol use became normal.
I reached a breaking point by twenty-seven. As a teenager I heavily dabbled in meditation and frequently found solace there. I found traditional therapy woefully lacking and inadequate. On my knees, I decided to give in to the only avenue that had truly helped me – I gave happiness one last chance. I went into meditation with full intention. Life had become unbearable. I left the United States and moved to Asia and began a new way of life as a Buddhist monk. I found the inner peace, self-acceptance, forgiveness, and happiness that I was looking for. I also discovered that I had a new voice, a voice that was able to inspire and assist others to achieve the same peace that I had found.
After years of solace and quietude in solitary retreat in the Himalayas and South East Asia, I returned to the United States to share this practice and the philosophy. I passionately, joyfully teach, and counsel students around the world. I offer a rational, but heart-felt approach to peacefulness and harmlessness toward self, others, society and our shared environment. I look back with great joy at the lives that have been impacted, including my own. I am eternally grateful to have been helped by the kindness of my teachers and friends, and am truly inspired to continue to offer the same to others. I am grateful everyday for the opportunity to share. Thank you!
We are all pure potential, and all are capable of a great awakening. Never ever give up hope. You are beautiful.