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Lauryn Dowding


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How my dreads have changed me

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By: Lauryn Dowding
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This might come across as really strange to some people but i wanted to just put something out there about how my dreads have started to change me as a person. Before when i had my 'normal' straight, long hair i was really unconfident, never happy with the way i looked because of my hair having to be do perfect. I wouldn't leave the house on days that it wouldn't sit right etc etc. I wore clothes that i wasn't even particularly happy wearing just because thats the way i thought i had to be to fit into society. I soon got fed up with that as i became older and my views on things started changing gradually, and my body started to feel more connected to the earth and my soul.

When i finally set down to get dreads after years off disagreement with my parents, i finally felt whole. Knew exactly who i wanted to be and where my life was taking me. My hair is looping and crazy and never sits 'perfect' i get weird looks on the street and disgust from certain members of my family but i just don't care and this couldn't make me happier.

My mind and soul just tell me to reject meat now because of my huge love for animals. Yes i like meat but every time i come across it my heart is just screaming for me to stop. Which never happened to me before, i wasn't ever happy about eating it but would just do it to keep my parents happy, but now i just don't care about what their thoughts are. I do what makes me happy, for my life.

On a last note i had to most weirdest occurrence when i was travelling to work at 4:30am one morning. Where i work we are surrounded by woodland which is great for watching the nature and wildlife to break the day away. On this particular day we parked up and a huge portion of the trees had been cut down when i'd left the day before, and i could actually feel the pain and misery coming from the trees. The grief they felt from having their life ended after all these many years of standing there observing the world. Please tell me there are more people like this!

Everything that is happening to me and the way my life is going and changing is all down to my dreads and for that i am so every grateful!

So on a positive note for all you new dreadies out there, keep this in your head. "I just don't care" it worked for me and kept me happy and following my heart and soul through many a difficult situation.

Peace and love to you all!

11/14/14 08:17:15AM @jasper23:

Great post Lauryn! Very nice to see that others are feeling too/again =]

^^^ Plants can hear when being chewed and respond accordingly.

This just shows that everything/everyone is divine and has a purpose for something.

They feel and remember too =]

New research from a team of scientists at the University of Western Australia will change the way you think about the difference between plants and animals. Mimosa pundica plants, they found, can learn and remember, despite not having a brain. Those active little fern-like things always did seem sort of smart, though, didn't they?

One LOVE to All

Thanks for sharing, this is what I have been feeling, but haven't been putting words to.

10/28/14 02:13:20PM @olamy:

I can relate.. a study on plants feeling pain was done on a history channel documentary where they hooked a plant up to a nerve/energy monitor and had human subject close to the plant be cut on the hand with ascalpel and the plant showed an increase in energy/nerve action and when they applied a healing agent to the cut the plant showed the opposite energy of that it showed when the pain was inflicted. There has also been studies about the effects of music on plants, I can only guess we might feel their pain too. We are all connected and any pain inflicted on others may just be inflicted on yourself including plants, and animals (which i believe we fit into that category not everyone agrees) Anyway, thanks for being a kind soul. Namaste

Nathan St. Armand
10/23/14 01:27:57PM @nathan-st-armand:

No--I understand completely--and am sensitive to that also.

Lauryn Dowding
10/23/14 07:19:18AM @lauryn-dowding:

Thank you for reading it i appreciate the feedback ad glad you enjoyed it. I don't necessarily think that the trees and feelings and can feel pain but just the fact that it is somethings that's living and yet they can be so obliviously cut down and people think nothing of it. I understand the fact of using them for resources because i do the same in winter etc and would for house but these trees were cut down just to make room for something else and the wood shredded and disposed of. Also loads of animals used to live in their, tonnes of rabbit burrows and badger hides. Just a horrible though, anyway i shall stop with my sensitive paragraphs about my love of nature haha

Nathan St. Armand
10/22/14 04:33:29PM @nathan-st-armand:

This is a novel, enjoyable write up. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Nathan St. Armand
10/22/14 04:27:17PM @nathan-st-armand:

I still do not like the idea of cutting trees down. Sometimes I try and see that it is used to shelter people, and that makes it a little bit easier to deal with.

Nathan St. Armand
10/22/14 04:25:16PM @nathan-st-armand:

You are great. I can relate. I don't know if trees can feel pain or not, but I do think that animals can--down to insects. That's why I don't even kill insects if I don't have to. I don't want them to feel pain. I also started to feel this way after meditating for years. I haven't meditated recently, but I did do so for probably over five years or so. Some years I would do a daily practice.... That is great that you can go out now wearing what makes you comfortable and also going out with dare-I-say not-normal hair. It is a good feeling not having to spruce up and knowing that natural actually is most attractive (It is for me)--even if it is culturally not the norm. I think it takes an open-minded person to look past cultural norms and see that how we are naturally is... beautiful.

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