SACRED: Connected with God(s); Regarded with great respect and reverence by a particular group or individual
My locs are sacred because…
I believe my locs allow me to show up as my highest self. In the wake of the recent activism against systems that have refused to see the value in our existence I am reminded of how powerful I am. The community that we’ve cultivated of people with locs matter. Which also emphasizes the deeper meaning behind cultivating locs— at least for me— they are sacred.
3 Reasons My Locs Are Sacred
I’ll share with you a few ways in which I believe my locs are sacred.
My locs are a reflection of my self-care. For me, feeling connected to my power is deeply rooted in self care. However, there are times when I don’t get enough sleep, rarely touch my water bottle, or I choose not to make the time to reflect. And in those times my locs feel brittle, dry and are constantly itchy because oversleeping doesn’t allow time for moisturizing. On the other hand, when I am intentional about my self-care it looks like practicing my morning ritual, exercising, drinking 80+ ounces of water, and checking in with myself daily. In those moments, my locs are moisturized because a part of my daily morning ritual involves my moisturizing shower routine. So, caring for my locs becomes a byproduct of my self-care.
My locs remind me of my growth. We all know with textured hair shrinkage is real. That applies to locs as well. However, when I speak about how my locs remind me of my growth it is both physically and metaphorically along this journey called life. For a long time, it appeared that my locs were the same length— like my hair wasn’t growing. Similarly, in life I have moments where I feel stuck— like I am not reaching my goals. However, the reality is that growth is happening even if others don’t notice it.
My locs also give me protection— from places and people. We know that there are still people that hold negative connotations and stigmas about locs and/or people with locs. So by simply having locs I am guarded from the people who are not open-minded and at peace with themselves enough to see the light in me. And that right there is a powerful.
So when I think about my locs, I realize that they are sacred in that they connect me to and allow me to be the best version of myself. While you may not feel exactly as I do about your own journey with locs, I challenge you to think about one part of your life that reminds you of how sacred you are and share it with me in the comments.