Michael, on Intimacy

I was someone where I put fear in the driver's seat most of my life. And one of the things I'm learning on this path, with stage four, is relegating fear to the backseat.

Michael, on Lifestyle

I started seeing other men that were going through that. That I think also was another added layer of, 'I'm not alone in this,' … That helped. I think that's what kind of helped me shift from that thinking of, 'Oh my god. How is this possible?' to, 'Okay. There's things that you can do to help this. Not only yourself, but to help others.

Michael, on Mindfulness

And I was listening to the clinking of the wineglasses. I was listening to the talking and thelaughing that was going on. I was listening to the clinking of people eating and the movement. And I remember I just sat there, and I went, 'Take this in, Michael, cause this is life. This is life.' And I was like, ‘Wow.

Michael, on Fear

I used to run away from the darkness. I used to run away from the fear, and the only thing I was doing at that point was letting it grow bigger and bigger and bigger. And what I've learned is sometimes I just need to sit with it and just talk myself through it.

Michael, on Lifestyle

And then I just sat there and I went, 'Michael, you're stage four. What the hell are you worried about? Live. Get on the plane,' and I did.

Michael, on Fear

But I remember at that point, I thought, 'I don't want to give fear all this power.' And that was when you could just feel the shift coming. And I just remember that after that, it was interesting. When I would feel that darkness coming, I'd say, 'Okay, but fear, you're not taking my power away.

Michael, on Mindfulness

It's like part of your meditation, like one of the first things I say in my meditation is, 'I am safe. I am well. I am brave. I am courageous. I am strong. And I am kind. I am passionate. I am compassionate.' And it's those things, when you say that, that's what it. does. It reminds you.

Michael, on Mindfulness

I listen to the sounds … the clinking of glasses as people celebrate. Most important are the voices, the steady hum of conversation, the laughter, the sound of surprise as something is shared or discovered. I sit quietly and take it in. I smile as these sounds envelop me and listen to my inner voice that shares, "Take it in, Michael because this is life. This is life.

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