Episode 31 – Shane Michaels – Finding Peace After Military Service

Shane Michaels interview on Simple Daily Practice Podcast

In 2004, Shane joined the infantry in the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Bravo Company.  During the four years he served, he faced many challenging missions, including recovering bodies after Hurricane Katrina, evacuating 10,000 Americans out of Lebanon, and training Iraqi police and Army personnel.

Months after his honorable discharge, he was coughing up blood and was rushed to the emergency room.  He was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism and told that he would have to be on blood thinners for the rest of his life.  He had gone from being strong and healthy to feeling weak and useless.

He reevaluated his situation and made some big changes.  He moved to a 26 acre farm in Connecticut and started farming, eating only food he had grown.  And he started taking daily walks in the woods.  Exploring the woods, he was able to find a sense of peace and connection to himself that he had lost during his years of service.

Listen to Shane’s remarkable story of his experience in the Marines, what he did to recover from the aftereffects of his service, and his new plans for the future.

In this interview, Shane shares:

  • the details of his service
  • what he did to help himself
  • his advice to other vets who are struggling
  • how he was able to make a positive difference during his service
  • the difficulties of dealing with stress while he was on active duty
  • what he does now when he needs to unplug
  • his best advice to be happy that he is following right now

The Interview

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Have you developed a daily practice to deal with the aftereffects of a very challenging time?  What did you do?  Or are you interested in finding a daily practice now to help you find more peace and connection like Shane did?   I’d love to hear from you.  Please share in the comments below. 

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