Open Awareness


Welcome to the Kintsugi Podcast, where Michael shares deep insights and stories about connection, resilience, and the human experience.

In this episode, Michael takes us on a memorable journey through Colorado, reflecting on life’s challenges and the beauty of community support. Join us as we explore the lessons learned from the open roads and the unexpected adventures that life throws our way. 

Highlights & Key Messages: 

  • Community and Support: Through his journey, Michael highlights the significance of community – drawing on an African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” 
  • Encounter with Fear: Michael recounts the harrowing experience of cycling through Colorado, dealing with narrow roads, heavy traffic, and extreme weather, underscoring the importance of safety and the value of presence. 
  • The Power of Showing Up: The episode delves into the importance of being there for others, as Michael appreciates those who joined him on his journey, like Andrew, and the profound impact of their support 
  • Mindful Living: Michael introduces his app, “Pause, Breathe, Reflect,” designed for those seeking mindfulness amidst a busy life, emphasizing short practices that fit into daily routines 
  • Understanding Your Peloton: Reflecting on his near-death cycling accident, Michael discusses the concept of your “peloton” – the group of people who support you and help you move forward in life. 
  • Embracing Like-Heartedness: The episode concludes with a call to embrace communities based on like-heartedness rather than like-mindedness, fostering openness and acceptance

Quotes to Remember: 

  1. “Life is a collection of moments… But we find a way through.” – Michael O’Brien 
  2. “Everything is neutral until we label it.” – Michael on mindfulness and perspective
  3. “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb cited by Michael
  4. “Your energy matters. Be the person who shows up in someone’s life.” – Michael on the importance of community support

Wrapping Up: 

This episode of the Kintsugi Podcast takes us through the scenic and challenging landscapes of Colorado and the inner landscapes of our minds and communities. Michael O’Brien’s reflections and stories remind us of the resilience within us all and the profound strength found in coming together. Join us next month as we continue our journey, exploring new states and the lessons they hold. 

Remember, the world needs your energy, so keep rippling something worth rippling into it. Thank you for being part of our like-hearted community at the Kintsugi Podcast.

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