Plus, that meant getting to a river. I'm doing the decapitated chicken MARATHON right now (as opposed to my typical jig), so I'm simplifying and minimizing whereever possible(a). Yeah, I'm being literal. Bite me. :p
And be warned, this reads more like a blog entry than a TNH this week.
Let's start with the letting go theme. We all have times of stress. We all know that letting it go would benefit us, but it's often easier said than done. Even if you're regularly excersizing, eating right, and doing all the little things that yogis and physicians alike teach us will help lower stress, sometimes it isn't enough. There's the intro. Here's the segue---
In many cultures there are symbolic and ritual ways to release things that harm us, or that no longer serve us in a positive way. Habits, addictions, emotions, etc etc etc. Part and parcel to this is signalling a change, moving on to a new phase if you will. One of these methods involves the cutting of one's hair. Historically, Roman Catholic nuns we shorn clean upon taking their final vows. Many reasons for that but the example is a good one. Even today when people enter boot camp in the US miltary, all men get a military haircut. Beyond the rational of convenience/cleanliness, it signals the beginning of their service. It separates them from the general population, their time before enlistment, and creates a bond among their fellow service personel.
I wear my hair short, mostly for convenience. I work. I commute via mass transit. I go to school. Every minute NOT spent on hair care is another minute spent sleeping or something else. I am blessed to have very thick, healthy hair. And a LOT of it. Any person who has ever cut it (and there are many, since I go to the bargain places these days) remarks upon it. I warn them to set aside extra time for me. ;) A good hairdo goes a LONG way towards helping me feel presentable. But I also hate having my hair on my neck or in my face. When it was still long, 95% of the time it was back in a ponytail or in a French braid. I don't really see the point in having long hair when I wasn't doing anything with it. Another reason I keep it short. Plus I save a lot of money on shampoo and conditioner.
One challenge of short hair, is that you have to keep on top of it. Especially if the cut looks awful when not maintained. Last December I managed to get a FANTASTIC cut. Haven't gotten it quite back there, sadly, but I'm mostly able to tell the gals what I want. As it grows out, it continues to look decent for about an inch to inch and a half. It's one of those styles that needs very little work. With next to no effort it's everyday casual. With some gel I can look ready to go clubbing. With a round brush and some time I can look very classy, ready for a formal event. LOVE IT.
|front view, tucked, December 2011|
|front view, messy/fun|
|side view, partially pulled-up|
I apologize for the poor photo quality. These were taken with an older phone. I keep these to show the stylists to give them an idea what I want. It grew out BEAUTIFULLY. I let it go a little bit longer than I should, but as you can see, it was still manageable in mid March, just before I got a cut.
|taken by a friend with his professional grade camera, quite the difference, huh?|
and yes, that is my natural color. and it was full of sweat, so not quite right. I am blessed. :D
I think by now everyone realizes my point-- I am overdue for a haircut. This is what I looked like earlier yesterday (Weds):
|horrible lighting. the shape is overgrown, so not cut well to begin with. And, as I got a little more skilled blocking out my face, I decided to have a little fun.|
But I'm not done talking. :D There are some cultures that consider it a great sign of trust to leave a physical part of yourself with someone. By this I mean a lock of hair, fingernail, or even bit of blood. Even today there are some spiritual paths that use these items for magic, spell-working and the like.
I know this to be true, because I am one of them.
Now ethics, belief, and stereotyping aside-- I DO know people who refuse to let strangers cut their hair. Both in everyday American society, and among more shamanistic peoples in North America (whether they be of Native American decent or not) Personally, I have no fear of someone stealing m hair to work their negative will against me. Most of the time, I leave my hair at the salon, though sometimes I take it with me and put it in my garden.
I stopped at the crash pad quickly yesterday afternoon to get a bite to eat before heading to the salon. Only to have my hostess stumble in ill, and promptly fall on her bad knee. SO I spent last night helping her and didn't get my hair cut. DAMNIT. Earliest I can get to it is Saturday.
Why is this so important to me? Well, I'm having a difficult time right now. After a cut I can feel the tangible difference when I run my fingers through my hair. I can see the change in the mirror. My intent was to take my hair with me. So that in my hand, I'd have evidence of something that had changed. Something that I wanted would have gotten accomplished. Something that makes ME feel better.
Evidently, the unfinished bit of this week will last longer than anticipated.
So this weekend, I am committing to myself to get a trim and do as previously intended. When I sit in the chair (and who doesn't love the endorphin rush you get from someone messing around up there) I'll focus on letting myself relax. Releasing what I can, and enjoying the physical sensations. I haven't yet decided WHAT to do with the cuttings, but whenever/whenever I do cast it from me I will do so with conscious intent. Prayers for better things and the removal of that which hurts me. Prayers that the myriad of things currently in flux, and very UNfinished might move towards completion.
But on the FINISHED side of things, I did shave my legs. :D
|before I thinned the forest. chainsaws are our friends ;)|
(a) Shameless plug/bitching and moaning-- I'm currently without permanent address. I'm bouncing around on different friends' couches living out of a bag. My things are in storage and my dog is 3 hours away with my parents. I had to get out of a very dangerous housing situation very quickly. SOOOOO I'm a little stressed. Prayers and positive energies directed my way would be GREATLY appreciated.