We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael John Benzaia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael John, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
Every morning I ask myself, “Hows your heart Today?” and whenever I meet someone I make it a point to ask them “Hows your heart Today?” Versus “How are ya?” I find How are ya has become very surface and honestly many people are caught off guard when I ask them how their heart energy is. I left an extremely busy NYC hospital as a CT tech because I found myself in the system. Patients were becoming numbers and the top tier of the hospitals I worked at seemed to not care if a patient was getting better. Money became the motive and by all means I’m not shy to the fact that money is what makes the world go round but I had to take a step back and say am I okay being a part of this machine called healthcare? Instead I took my knowledge of the human body/ inflammatory diseases/ mental illness, the connection between Mind Body and Soul and many other topics I learned in medical school and from being around humans in the medical setting and decided I would better be used in the arts. The arts save us, as humans, as a society. Art is life and life is art, Art at its finest is so truthful, its not perfect its genuine in nature and its heart energy and if I can paint with some medical knowledge and the art I want to get out there then I knew I had to try. So coming back to the original question, I like the fact that at that moment I say to myself or another “Hows your heart Today?” We are stopping the busy clock and connecting and that to me is truly living and is better than any medication prescribed.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well to tell you more about my art, I first must tell you about my life. Because Life is Art. One in the same. I learned very early on losing my mother to breast cancer that there are two crucial things we must do in this life. 1. Always keep your heart open Life is tough, its gonna knock us down but when you allow your heart to stay true and open, a divine force can work in your life. Have depths of empathy. 2. Listen more. Listen to yourself, to others actions (Actions tell us everything about a person) Listen to the universe and God. and these two things are how I’ve been able to get to where I am Today, spiritually and physically. Sometimes its not easy, I get that it hasn’t always been easy for me either but if we practice these two things they become a healthy habit and avenue for blessings.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Right to the sand.. the beach.. the ocean.. all of this grounds us. It literally resets our body clock. Putting our toes in the sand reminds us of how small we really are. The waves show us the flow of nature… Anytime I feel anxiety I bring myself back to the ocean. So this would def be the first spot I would take someone to get that vacation or holiday off to a great start. A good convo and some good eats and we are good to go! How many times can I say “Good” in one sentence lol
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A specific group of individuals who helped me along in the process was the teachers at Stella Adler Academy of Acting in Los Angeles. After leaving my job at the New York Hospital I found myself in the center of Hollywood and luckily through divine intervention at the doorstep of the Adler. The staff here awakened more in me then they will ever know. This school shook me to my core and after I knew aspects of myself, other humans and society that honestly I don’t know if my eyes would have ever come to see. In regards to a book, Michael Singer’s “The Untethered Soul” was the launchpad for my growth in both my personal and career which has aided in my success.