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Jay Michaelson

A Senate Campaign Interlude With Friends, Family and the President

Dana Beyer | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

As for so many of my friends who were present to listen to the president, all the aspects of my life seemed to have come together to help produce positive change. The education, advocacy, community service and political lobbying and maneuvering all have that one goal: to create a better world for the next generation.

How the LGBT Experience Will Transform the Practice of Mindfulness

Jay Michaelson | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

Does being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender have anything to do with practicing mindfulness? Sure. Over the years, many LGBT voices have made themselves heard within Buddhist communities, and have enriched the sangha as a result.

S.N. Goenka: The Man Who Taught The World To Meditate

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

You may not know the name of S.N. Goenka, who died Saturday at the age of 90. But if you've counted your breaths to relax in a hospital, or if you've ever tried to eat, walk, or speak "mindfully," you've felt his influence.

Lead-Footed Suburbanites vs. Park Slope Stroller Moms: A Modest Proposal

Jay Michaelson | Posted 10.22.2013 | New York
Jay Michaelson

Thousands of Brooklyn residents can now confirm that the Barclay's Center has indeed impacted our lives -- often far too literally. Cars speed through our side streets, causing traffic and accidents, not to mention a complete absence of parking spaces. The empty promises that fans would ride the rails are now broken promises.

Meditation: Natural or Unnatural?

Jay Michaelson | Posted 10.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Jay Michaelson

As far as we know, life began on Earth 4 billion years ago. As the aeons passed, plants and animals evolved, usually according to the Darwinian princi...

Argle-Bargle: What Justice Scalia Still Doesn't Get About Marriage

Jay Michaelson | Posted 09.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Jay Michaelson

Really? Argle-bargle? The term doesn't appear in my dictionary, but I take it to mean an incoherent ramble, the equivalent of gibberish. And to apply it to the legal arguments that a generation of lawyers and legal scholars have debated for years is, itself, offensive.

Mission Not Accomplished: The Anti-Gay Murder of Mark Carson Should Be a Wake-Up Call

Jay Michaelson | Posted 07.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Jay Michaelson

Mark Carson's murder highlights the shortcomings of a rights-based, marriage-based approach to LGBT equality, and cries out for deeper, and more difficult, forms of engagement.

In Defense of Religious Liberty

Ken Blackwell | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

We can all agree that the topic of same-sex marriage draws intense emotions from both sides. But those emotions do not justify branding people who disagree with us as liars or bigots.

Why Burning Man Didn't Suck This Year... and What We Can Learn From It

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.12.2012 | San Francisco
Jay Michaelson

Burning Man didn't suck. It didn't seem that different from past years. It had all the magic, community, sacredness, emotional center and impossible-to-describe otherworldliness that we Burners struggle to convey to outsiders.

Apologize, Joe Walsh, for Your Tirade Against J-Street

Jay Michaelson | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Jay Michaelson

Dear Rep. Walsh: I write to protest your antisemitic statements, which have no place in public discourse. I demand that you apologize and take them back.

Santorum's Homophobia Problem

Jay Michaelson | Posted 03.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Jay Michaelson

LGBT people awoke with a sense of dread to the news of Rick Santorum's near-tie with Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucuses. And yet, this near-win is different, because America is different. Santorum represents not the resurgence of gay-baiting, but its last, self-defeating gasp.

What's Between New York's State Senate and Marriage Equality? About Fifteen Words

Jay Michaelson | Posted 08.20.2011 | New York
Jay Michaelson

State senator Greg Ball has articulated three specific concerns with the bill -- concerns which, I believe, can mostly be answered. This gap is eminently bridgeable.

The Path To Buddhist Enlightenment: Sometimes Assertion, Sometimes Surrender

Jay Michaelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

These days, thanks to the "law of attraction," the Buddha's model of awakening may seem more attractive than Ananda's. But in my experience, the spiritual life oscillates between both.

An Introduction to Kabbalah, Part 10: The Kabbalah of Inspiration

Jay Michaelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

Kabbalah is largely about balance: love and boundary, mercy and judgment, upper and lower, symbolic and literal, physical and spiritual. Balance, and how things go out of balance.

Meditation on the Run

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Michaelson

Meditation is a straightforward form of exercise that anyone can do to become more relaxed, more aware, and more sensitive to the things going on around them.

An Introduction to Kabbalah Part 9: Can You Ever Have Too Much Love?

Jay Michaelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

Of course, I think we could all agree with Burt Bacharach that what the world needs now is more love. But how theosophical Kabbalah sees a world in need of balance.

An Introduction to Kabbalah Part 8: What are the Sefirot?

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Michaelson

Ten sefirot of no-thing, ten and not nine, ten and not eleven. Understand in wisdom, be wise and understanding. Examine them, explore them. Know, cont...

An Introduction to Kabbalah Part 7: Use Your Illusion

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Michaelson

As we are about to begin a multi-week exploration of the concept of the sefirot, let's reframe our exploration of Kabbalah (sorry for the Chanukah-ins...

An Introduction To Kabbalah, Part 3: Three Answers To The Ultimate Question

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Michaelson

Last week, in part two of our introduction to Kabbalah, we suggested that in Jewish mystical theology, "God does not exist -- God is existence itself."

An Introduction To Kabbalah Part 5: Choosing A Teacher

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Michaelson

Being a student means you don't know what your teacher knows. I think there are a few basic principles which ought to guide how you look for a teacher.

An Introduction to Kabbalah, Part 2: God Does Not Exist, God is Existence Itself

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Michaelson

At the deepest, most fundamental level, the true reality of our existence is One, Ein Sof, infinite, and thus the sense of separate self that we all have is not ultimately true.

An Introduction To Kabbalah, Part 4: Kabbalah As A Spiritual Practice

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Michaelson

Kabbalah enables the "receiving" of more and more of reality, with more and more depth and sensitivity. Let's see how this works, in each of its three streams.

The Gay Generation Gap: Reflections on the National Equality March

Jay Michaelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Michaelson

Where are the GLBT prophets who call us all to account? If it is true that denying marriage to gays is a moral deficiency, why haven't gay leaders framed it that way?

An Introduction to Kabbalah Part 6: The Sefirot, or, 'If Everything is God, how come it doesn't look that way?'

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Michaelson

In the first five articles in this series, we've explored some of the basic questions of Kabbalah. Beginning this week, we shift gears, digging into some core concepts and exploring them in a bit more depth.

An Introduction To Kabbalah, Part 1: What Is Kabbalah?

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Michaelson

Despite all the fame, or maybe because of it, it's often quite hard to get a clear answer to what Kabbalah actually is. It seems to depend on who you ask.