My life's theme is making peace between inner + outer worlds. This means I look for alignment in relationships, work, lifestyle... and, appearance.
They are all reflections. Our friends, lovers, jobs, health, hobbies and looks are all a reflection of what is rooted in us. Hopefully, our outer circumstances nourish what's inside us, and don't negate what's inside us.
In May 2014 I went to Miami Beach for sun + solitude. (Kisses to fellow beach-writers!)
I forgot my flat-iron. And Miami in May is about 80% humidity. So big-haired ladies know what this means...
I was headed to a drugstore to buy a replacement flat-iron because my room was right on the ocean, and the moisture was already making my hair swell and puff by the minute. As I got closer to the store, I thought about how much time I'd be wasting in the bathroom, fighting nature.
Why do we do that? Fight nature?
Anyway, at the traffic-light (I have made several big life-choices at traffic lights for some reason...) at the traffic-light I decided, "No more heat. No more straightening. No more mighty efforts to fight the natural pattern of my hair... which is ANYthing but flat or straight."
And ever since then, I have been practicing the acceptance of my nature, rather than the suppression of it.
It's been a little disappointing, honestly, as some people close to me have deeply ingrained biases against unruly hair. But that's their issue, not mine. It has mostly been very healing and freeing to simply allow my hair to be what it is.
I Made These To Promote Sativa Yoga...
...and to celebrate the beautiful chaos that tops so many of our heads.
In addition to the notebook + travel mug, there is also a tote bag,
a zippered pouch, a throw pillow + more. VISIT THE STORE.
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What Has Your Experience Been... With Curly Hair, or Self-Acceptance in general? Let Me Know In The Comments.
The question "How are you?" is PROFOUND.
But it has been watered-down to a synonym for "Hello."
Forced or fake auto-responses of obligated okay-ness are expected.
(And if you are going through something tragic, it really doesn't matter! Every social encounter OPENS with this well-established Ritual of Insincerity.)
The question "How are you?" prompts an answer that begins with "I AM _____________."
This means many times each day, you are invited to SPEAK THE MOST POWERFUL STATEMENT that can be spoken of yourself.
And the socially-expected thing to do, is be QUICK + SLICK with your answer.
For a change... TAKE YOUR TIME, and tell your truth. ✍🏾