Speaker | Coach | Researcher
Michael Sheehan Alahouzos aka "Miracle" (known by friends and family as "Panda Bear") is an embodiment coach, meditation teacher, and researcher.
A native of the District of Columbia, Michael obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California in 2006. During the earliest years of his spiritual practice, the primary goal was to find the most effective ways to relieve human suffering in all of its various forms. Following his degree, he formed an ad agency focusing on disease prevention, human hunger solutions, and animal rescue in July 2006. He frequently consults with charitable organizations including Together Against Cancer, Partners In Health, and Humane Society International.
He was a successful businessman, when in 2008 he started experiencing severe migraines. Unable to find medical relief, and on the suggestion of a friend, he began practicing with the Buddhist meditation teacher S.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers. Though initially reluctant, Michael took on the role of a 'servant' to Buddhist monks and serious meditators for three years throughout India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and the United States.
Michael has trained under S.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers for over 10 years. Over the years, hundreds of acquaintances asked for an easy and useful technique by which to experience greater happiness, love, success and, ultimately, Enlightenment. He recommends 'letting go' of any blockages to those experiences. This process of Letting Glow — as it is called — has also been found to be useful in all aspects of physical health and well-being, relationships, financial freedom, emotional release, sexuality and spiritual growth.
Michael's teaching emphasizes that the Buddha's path to liberation is universal, observable, transmittable, and scientific in nature. Today, he has practiced or taught meditation and embodiment exercises in 12 countries, of which 7 have been long-term meditation sites; including the Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Cambodia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, and 21 locations in India. He moved to Bali, Indonesia in 2017.