my hair is over 12” long and I dye it myself.
It occurred to me today, that dyeing my hair always takes an extremely large amount of patience and attention to detail.
I must commit to the practice and see it through until completion.
It’s not like anything will happen to me if I don’t finish dyeing my hair, aside from I will have half my head that looks pretty strange.
Maybe this is what happens to your inner world—emotional landscape, mental health, etc— when you don’t take time to meditate or don’t finish sitting until your meditation is complete.
And even if you feel like it’s complete, kinda just like hair dye, you need to let it sit for a basic amount of time even if you’re over it. Once you get more adept at dyeing your hair or meditating, you know when the time is up but until you’re there, it’s best to set a timer.
But I didn’t write this to draw those kinds of parallels— I wrote it because meditation doesn’t have to be sitting cross-legged on your bum for 20 minutes everyday. It’s meditation when you do this repeated exercise and follow your hair from top to bottom and the next chunk and release attachment and refocus to finish and the constant fluctuation between coming and going and the continual return.
Well… meditation is every where & I noticed it here. It took me over 1 hour to dye my hair and it’s done now but I love the action. And while I spent all this time on myself, it’s impermanent dye so it will wash away in a few months like a sand mandala in the Buddhist monk’s temples.