At Beyond Therapy we write, we share, we inspire. We offer a radically simple and mindful approach to the complex questions of relationships, life’s big questions, culture and society. We provide the why to the how’s of life. Bringing awareness to the beauty of the precious human experience.
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.