Didn’t You Say Something About a Road Trip?
Getting settled in a new city, state, and time zone can wreak havoc on one’s creativity; especially when you have no idea what you want to write about! So glad my writer’s block is over and I am finally ready to share some fun information about my road trip. OOPS, NOT YET! I recently reverted back to my natural hair after wearing extensions for the past few weeks. The change inspired me to shift left instead right to discuss the connection between the mind, body and hair. I didn’t remove my extensions because I didn’t like them, I didn’t remove them because of damage, I removed them because my body TOLD me to release my crown!
Ok peeps, I hear the million dollar question “Leslie, what do you mean your body TOLD you to remove your extensions? Is that possible?” Yes my dears, it is quite possible. I’ve spent some time over the last week studying a new discipline that opened my mind to the body’s ability to heal by drawing on energy from our surroundings and using a practitioner to aid in the process. It led me to study some information about the body’s energy centers also known as chakras but before I get into the details, let me share some background on why I went natural.
Burn Baby BURN!
It was September of 2006, my best friend was getting married in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and two days before we were scheduled to depart, I got into a terrible car accident that set off a series of stressful events. I colored my hair a few weeks before the accident then returned to the salon two weeks later for a relaxer to keep my hair bone straight. Some hair types can handle relaxers and color back to back; however, my fine, porous locks coupled with the stress of the recent accident took a toll on mine. While in Jamaica, I discovered a bald spot the size of a quarter toward the top of my head. A myriad of emotions followed the discovery: sadness, anger, frustration, and back to sadness. I finally decided enough with relaxers! Why burn the hell out of my scalp to have straight hair? If I want to rock a straight look, the new flat irons on the market can provide the same look with less stress on my tresses, so I ditched the relaxer and I’ve been natural ever since.
The Crown Chakra
I mentioned the term “chakra” at the beginning of this post so let me go into how the crown chakra triggered the need to remove my hair extensions. The crown chakra or energy center rests at the top of the head. This energy center is linked to spirituality and is associated with the endocrine glands as well as emotions. I was on an emotional roller coaster for three days leading up to removing my extensions. I thought maybe I was home sick, my birthday is coming up, and my friends are 2000 miles away along with my parents and church family. Every little thing made me cry. I then realized my inner voice kept asking me to remove the hair. I tried to ignore it, but over three days, morning and night, the voice kept saying remove the excess hair. When I sat at my computer attempting to write content for this site, the words would not come; finally, I asked my sister-in-law for some scissors and went to work.
Honor Your Temple
Two hours later, I felt the release as I removed my braids, massaged my scalp, and cleansed away any debris from my head. I felt the flow of energy return to my crown feeling the balance of awareness and self-realization return to my spirit. Listening to my inner voice granted me freedom from anxiety developed from being stubborn which led to an avoidable struggle within. One chakra out of balance places pressure on the other six as they struggle to find harmony, which explains why my writer’s block persisted; the sacral chakra associated with creativity felt the trapping of my crown leading to its own imbalance. No wonder words evaded me!
Bottom line, the body is a machine; one part fails and the rest of it breaks down little by little if the initial problem is ignored. Honor your temple, love yourself enough to listen to the inner voice…even it sounds strange. One simple change may open you up to endless possibilities.