I just woke up and I’m about 36,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean, speeding along at 529 miles per hour.
That’s right, it’s a travel day.
Jan and I are heading to Australia, Indonesia, and beyond.
It’s been pretty crazy.
I mean, I’m the guy who eats the same meal at the same diner every day for breakfast, watches “My Cousin Vinny” every time it comes on television, and if we’re ordering Chinese take-out, I don’t even need a menu. It’s General Tso’s chicken.
And now I’m off discovering new places, connecting with new people, and exploring new cultures.
I’ve become an explorer.
Just saying those words raises my vibration.
And reminds me of how far I’ve traveled.
I am an explorer, and when you live life as an explorer everything becomes an exploration.
Every new taste, sound, view… takes on new meaning.
Every new connection becomes a new possibility.
Friends frequently ask about my favorite trip.
My response is always the same; I’ve loved them all.
From our days spent in Chiang Mai learning, laughing and opening our minds and hearts with Zen Master Jung Bong Mu Mu, or our hikes along the wild, windy and wooly Cliff Walks in Ireland, to the crazy, chaotic, cacophony of sights and sounds that is the Saturday morning Chatuchuck market in Bangkok; I’ve loved them all.
However, it’s not my favorite trip that matters, but rather my most important. And that’s the journey I take each day to connect with my highest self, or what I like to call my inner wingman.
And while I might get an eye roll if I verbalized that, in truth, if it weren’t for my daily, one-minute excursions, there wouldn’t have been any trip to Australia. Or Indonesia. Or Thailand, Cambodia, Ireland, England or Ecuador.
When you live life as an explorer, everything becomes an exploration.
And you don’t even have to physically move.
They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Well, my first step is always a Wingman minute.
As an explorer, would you become more curious?
Would the routine things in your life become more interesting?
Would you be more open?
Would your everyday life become more exciting?
And even if you go to the same office and do the same job every single day, would your attitude be different?
That’s the thing about exploring; you never know what you might uncover.
Especially inside your own mind.
For Jan and me, we uncovered a whole new way to live.
We still work, pay bills, have doctor’s appointments, stressors over family and money, and all the other challenges we all face. Same as always.
Or rather, as they say in Thailand, “Same, Same, but Different”.
Because we’re the same. But different.
The difference is our vibration.
And it’s all about vibration and the frequency we’re emitting out into the universe.
Because the universe always matches our energy, and sends us back exactly what we are projecting.
When we send out a boring energy, the universe always sends us back more to feel bored about.
When we send out a desperate energy, the universe always sends us back more to feel desperate about.
And when we send out an energy of optimism, of confidence and of excitement, the universe always sends us back more to feel optimistic, confident and excited about.
So how about today, you begin your own “journey of a thousand miles”.
It’s simple. Just click below and join me in raising your vibration to that of an explorer.
And start seeing everything as an exploration.
+ Everyone in our Wingman Mastermind group has been making great progress toward achieving their goals, so much so, that Jan and I decided to start another one shortly. I’ll send out the info soon. Email me if you are interested in joining.
++ You can practice with me every morning, by just clicking on my web site at www.beyourownwingman.com.
+++ If you want to improve your positive energy, increase your level of success, and begin living the life you desire, feel free to contact me for individual on-line sessions with both Janet, an LCSW and Psychotherapist for the past 20 years, and myself.
Today’s Wingman Minute Practice
So I've been hanging with my mother at an assisted living facility in Providence, RI. Being here, it's impossible not to bear witness to the inescapability of aging, illness and death. The place is beautiful, it's very comfortable, it's warm and it's friendly. It's...read more
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Join Michael Gross, Wingman, and Janet Sokoloff, LCSW, on Talk-n-Angels radio show tonight at 7pm. We will be discussing how to move through your fear, positively, successfully and fearlessly. We all experience fear. Tonight we will be exploring the best strategies...read more
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Our community is hurting. How can it not be? With so much violence and so many innocent victims... In just the last month we've seen unimaginable violence in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Minnesota and Orlando. And that's just in America. World wide, terrorism has claimed...read more
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Yesterday, Jan and I drove back up to Providence, RI from Haddonfield, NJ. There was traffic the whole way up. It was a "drive from hell" and we started to let it get to us. Oh yeah, the wingman is not immune from getting irritated and "pissy". The only difference is...read more
I was at a party in Sudbury, MA. last night. That's right, I'm a party animal. Anyway, I saw a great friend who I haven't seen since before I left for Thailand. It was great to see him. But even better, he has a new job and a new girlfriend. I haven't seen him this...read more
Yesterday, Jan and I were talking about future plans and ideas. We spoke of walking the El Camino, returning to Thailand, and/or visiting Ecuador or Costa Rica. She then mentioned how one of her favorite questions when working with her therapy clients was to ask where...read more
I realize how challenging life can be, especially when we're in the midst of loss. Everything seems to snowball to the point where you can't "get all the injustices out of your head". We all go through ups and downs. Not to overstate the obvious, but the up times are...read more
Gentle Reminder... or rather a BIG, IN YOUR FACE, REMINDER... This Monday night, at The Center, Life in Balance... How I Manifested My Dream Working 4 minutes a Day! You Can Too! Wingman Positivity Training Workshop. Monday, May 16th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm - Medford, NJ...read more
I was driving home yesterday from my Mother-in Law's, thinking about my mom in Rhode Island, my step-daughter in Australia, my daughter in Alabama, and my son in New York, and how so many of us are separated from our families on Mother's day. Then this little speech...read more
Back by popular demand... my wife Jan, a psychotherapist for the past 20 years, joins me to discuss dealing with temptations tonight on Talk-n-Angels radio. Listen in at 7pm, http://www.talknangels.com. (scroll down and click listen live to show). It's never easy...read more
There's a great story in Jewish and Buddhist circles about the Jewish mother who treks to Thailand in search of a famous guru. After an exhaustive 24 hours of travel, by plane, train, Songthaew and Tuk tuk, she makes it to Wat Arun, the famous temple in Bangkok. An...read more
Today I bring you a great practice live from Thailand! I've videoed myself doing my one minute, "I'm a lucky guy" practice, so let's have some fun together and get some good luck going all over this world! Join with me in doing this exercise to improve your luck,...read more
Tonight on Talk-n-Angels, Michael and his wife Janet, an LCSW therapist, will discuss the most common thinking distortions, and how to eliminate them. One of the biggest factors, and reasons for anxiety, nervousness and depression are the falsifications our minds play...read more
If you're in Bangkok for Songkran, the start of the Thai New Year, please join me for a Wingman, "Live Your Dream, Build Your Inner Team" workshop at Omroom, "the wellness spa in the heart of the city". Live Your Dream Build Your Inner TEAM Thoughts, Emotions,...read more
Today I bring you day 1, part 2 of my meetings with the Venerable Jung Bong Mu Mu from South Korea. For those of you who missed the first one, http://beyourownwingman.com/perfect-emptiness/, this is the second installment of my conversations with him. These exchanges...read more