I chopped all of my beautiful but high-maintenance hair off. now it is short and black. I like it and I'm sad all at once.
when I took that picture of all of my hair on the floor I had an intense frida kahlo moment. it totally made me think of her short hair chop self-portrait.
|self-portrait with cropped hair, frida kahlo. 1940|
my hair chopping wasn't for quite as dramatic of a reason as frida's, and I'm not trying to get in touch with my masculine side, either. really, just trying to get rid of some dry bleached out locks.
|self-portrait with chopped hair, k.mala gutierrez. 2011.|
on a side note, today is ganesha chaturthi. to be honest, I've never heard of this festival - as a devotee of krishna I have always been told that demigod worship is borderline sinful. but I have to tell you, for me, before krishna came into my life, ganesha was in my heart. I've always had an affinity for him, and when I was in high school I wore a pendant with shiva on one side and his son ganesha on the other. ganesha is known to be the remover of obstacles, and as a devotee of krishna I have also always been told that ganesha could remove the obstacles in the path to pure loving devotion to krishna. now I try to worship him in that way. I have a cute little deity of ganesha on my altar, right next to my gopisvara mahadeva deity. I really love ganesha. so what if I'm a demigod worshipper. so sue me.
|this isn't the ganesha deity on my altar, but another favorite form. he's so handsome.|
|I very coincidentally put this ganesha pendant on this morning, without knowing this is his special day!|
and as my favorite rapper yogi would say, ganesha is fresh. he makes everything possible because elephant power is unstoppable. hearts!