Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o stunned her audience and has created a stir on the Internet with her honest and therefore very courageous speech on being black in a world where a dark skin is not esteemed. It is important not to miss its significance. It is not only about black beauty but also about true beauty, which she names as compassion. It is right and very welcome that Lupita has become a role model for black girls but it is fabulous that she points beyond glamour to a more fundamental reality. And glamour will be Lupita’s most seductive and dangerous challenge as she continues to be lauded by the world’s media.

Clearly a remarkably articulate and intelligent young woman Lupita will have to remember the lines from Kiplings’s ‘If’:

“IF you can keep your head ..”

“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;”

“If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much”

Who is Mooji


I had no idea who Mooji is before seeing a Facebook post with this passage but I find his insight here to be very profound and beautifully put:

Relax without laziness
Focus without tension
Perceive without projecting
Witness without judging
Enjoy without craving
Reflect without imagining
Love without condition
Give without demanding
Receive without possessing
Serve without self-seeking
Challenge without dominating
Meditate without identity
Correct without blaming
Overcome without pride
Laugh without cynicism
Cry without pity
Confront without hatred
Guide without superiority
Be without self-defining
Live without arrogance
Enter without self-importance
Depart without regret
Be one with God

~ Mooji

At first this seems like an unattainable aspiration but then I realise that:

Where there is laziness there is not true relaxation
Projecting distorts perception
And the witness that judges tampers with his own witnessing
We do not fully enjoy a moment if there is craving that it be better or other or that it last forever.

And so on. There is a lot here to reflect upon.


Mick Dodge is an exceptional person who followed his own path right out of civilisation and into the wilderness. Someone posted about Dodge on Facebook and I read more about him on the Zen Gardner blog. I commented that he is a real life Tom Bombadil.

Dodge is inspirational even though I could never follow his example nor would want to. He chose a life of what I would call extreme hardness and became a kind of nature mystic. The details of that life, eating grubs and road kill are not attractive to me. Evading the poisonous aspects of our social reality is, however, ever more attractive. What we can learn from Dodge is that it is possible to break the pattern and step into a different reality. He also reminds us to be close to the body and to nature and to work in harmony with them. It’s in the attitude. Don’t mind the discomfort, dirt and danger; live with them, work with them, get out there and be more alive.