Michael Jackson: Who Was He Really?

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | July 31st, 2009 | 7 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga

OK, I admit, I have been captivated by the media blitz around Michael Jackson. Our TV has been tuned to countless MJ videos and news commentaries. Sure, he was a big part of my music and dance history, which accounts for some of the fascination, but it still leaves me wondering …

What I do know is that beyond his brilliant voice, his dazzling dance moves and his infectious rhythm, I know nothing about who he really was. Strange enough, though, I notice myself and others judging him, praising him, or both, as if he belonged to our immediate family. He served both as a demon and a demigod, depending on who the media and his audience needed him to be.

Our minds produce constant fairytales in which we create imaginary heroes and antiheroes. The yoga sutras comment on our ways of knowing. Many of our difficulties come from misperceptions and misinterpretations. As yoga teachers, we harness people into having direct contact with the arising present moment. The more clarity we can evoke through relaxed observation, the more we can perceive with an unbiased, unconflicted mind. As we see the world as it is, without our own desire and aversions, we wake up to the world of miracles and joy.

Michael Jackson was a man dedicated to his art. I thank him for his music and his dance. Beyond that, I once again quiet my monkey mind.

Courtesy of Gaiam Yoga Club.


  1. well stated! who are we to judge and on what exactly? unsubstantiated rumors? we don’t know him personally and those that did actually praised him for his great love and care of them. thanks for your reminding us to stay in the present.

    maria lambertson | July 31st, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  2. I have admired Michael for my whole life. Your commentary is so well written.

    Loretta Warren | July 31st, 2009 | Comment Permalink
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  4. Rodney. This is a very good post.

    I like how you say that he was both a demon and a demigod. This is so true and the best observation I’ve read on MJ. Like you have always believed in his music and dance and I thank him for it.

    Lidia | July 31st, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  5. Love the post! Simplicity is the highest form of complexity. “Einstein” Keep writing!

    Jane | July 31st, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  6. Thank you for your words Rodney, I have been confused by my interest in the Micheal Jackson media frenzy. I found you thoughts comforting and real as always.
    With much respect,

    Leslie Glickman | August 9th, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  7. Well sad: Mj was a man dedicated to his art. That should have been more than enough, no? His contribution to music is infinite. Thank you for your posting

    Donna | August 12th, 2009 | Comment Permalink

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