Someone said – a couple people said actually – to me that people look their best when their hair is its natural color.
Now that my hair is close – very close – not identical but close – to its natural color I think I’m starting to notice something: Because my hair is lighter, the darker areas on my face – such as around the inside of the eyes – actually look better.
With lighter hair the colors of the face seem more vibrant. So now it seems one other major benefit of getting my hair closer to its natural color, in addition to not having to worry about root touchup so much, is that I may actually look much better now with less makeup. Yes! Two birds: One stone! Maybe it was even three birds. I think it was three birds…
Now that my hair is lighter I’m wondering why I ever wanted to color it dark. Oh yes, it was to match the remaining color that was still in it. But after years I just sort of forgot about it and it became second nature to color it.
I was so overdue for a rethink, a re-encountering of my own body and its wisdom.
That said, now after all these years that I’ve gone back to almost natural, I want to deeply thank the friend of mine at the time who, when I had told her worryingly about my hair going white, she just kind of responded with “Pfft! Color it.” in this matter-of-fact sort of way.
What she was saying was: Hair color? No big deal. Just color it and forget about it. That was really cool of her and I’ll always be grateful for her advice.
And I did follow that advice for many, many years and it carried me a long ways. But now finally it has become time to rethink, to re-encounter myself and re-align myself with myself.
This is a variation – maybe an evolution – of my favorite evening tea, which often features Lamiaceae herbs:
14 – 17 oz. pure water, hot
~1 teaspoon holy basil/tulsi leaf
slightly less or equivalent spearmint leaf
pinch of stevia leaf
~2 mini wooden spoonfuls of ashwagandha powder
After it has steeped for a good while I strain it and press it to extract as much as possible. I pour it in a drinking vessel and keep a plastic spoon in it to stir it because the ashwagandha tends to settle at the bottom.
It’s intersting, I use three different spoons for this tea: Small wooden spoon to scoop the ashwagandha powder, small metal spoon to press the leaves in the strainer to extract everything, and a plastic spoon in the drinking vessel to occasionally stir the tea.
Also, when the herbs are first added to the brewing/steeping vessel, I stir them with a plastic fork. Plastic utensils are great because they don’t impart anything into what they come in contact with. I love them for dispensing and stirring herbs.
Even if I were very rich I would still continue to need and to use my plastic utensils which are a sign of advancement. Advancement doesn’t have to do with the monetary value of an item but with the use and functionality it provides.
That is a core question. Where do Brahmins, as opposed to non-Brahmins, thrive? What is required?
A Brahmin is not necessarily wealthy. In fact I would think that one would be less wealthy, less material and more devoted to non-material matters.
There is a clash. People ignore it. People make money off it being ignored. People probably deliberately try to prevent people from not ignoring it.
But it is reality. There’s a clash. There’s a huge incompatibility.
I look around my city and I don’t see places for Brahmins to thrive, as one might expect given its self-proclaimed greatness. But greatness never is the result of material creations.
I realize that this question is very important to me and for my goals in life. It’s not something incidental, that can be avoided. It must be faced. Every Brahmin needs a place to thrive. But the current stock of idiots in power think that constantly rewarding and reinforcing the lowest common denominator is compassion.
Look what’s happening.