What do you do to comfort yourself when you are anxious or stressed ?
I comb my hair ! I have a comb made of pale green jade, from China. Jade is beautifully cool to the touch, and when I comb my hair with it, it makes a gentle, very soothing sound.
Combing the hair with jade combs is part of the Chinese Therapy of Tui Na. Hair combing therapy is not, as yet, well-known in North America.
At the end of a hair combing session with my jade comb, I feel relaxed yet invigorated, and my hair is very shiny.
I told my friend Heather, who attends a very strict Christian Church, that I practise hair combing therapy. She told me that this was wrong ! She said that Christians should never participate in healing therapies from other cultures. I asked her : ‘Who said so ? She said she wasn’t sure, but it was “Somebody”. I do not listen to the opinions of “Somebody”. I do, however, strive with all my heart, mind, and soul, to follow what God has revealed to us in the Bible.
I did a reference check, and I could not find any biblical passages saying ‘Thou shalt not comb thine hair.’
I continue to enjoy my Chinese comb, and I pray also for Heather, whose Church has filled her with many fears.
I smile then, as I recall the words of our Lord in Luke 12:7, when he tells us that he loves us so much that the hairs of our heads are all counted.