There have been some crazy things going on in the world lately. I have heard some of the most shocking stories ever in the past few months. There’s no question that the world has changed. Still, I felt relatively untouched by most of it until recently when a couple of dear friends had their world turned upside down. This event was so surreal it shook me all the way to my bones.
It takes a lot to unsettle me these days. At this point I have enough life experience to be able to put most things in perspective. Even so, I found myself unable to sleep or stop thinking about this situation that dramatically changed the life of someone I love. I knew it wasn’t my issue. I knew I didn’t create the situation, nor is it mine to heal. And yet… I did what I knew to do to help but the tremors kept coming.
After a few days I finally put on some soulful music and grabbed my hoop. Gradually, one revolution at a time my body let go. The music washed over and through me. I moved without thinking, just feeling and hooping and allowing my body and brain to release the distress and find a place inside where there was room for me to breathe again, and spread my wings a bit and even dance.
Hooping is the balm. It’s true. This isn’t the first time I have brought my dis-ease to the hoop. Hooping found me a couple of years ago when I was at a low point with no sense of direction and feeling powerless over the way my body looked and felt. Within weeks it carried me swiftly to a place of clarity, contentment within my body, connection with my deeper self and with the greater hooping community that has opened my eyes, body and being to so much richness and joy. When life gets the better of me and I’ve lost my way, the hoop takes me exactly where I need to be. It lifts the toxic trappings of the world off my shoulders, spins the refuse out of my heart and delivers me back to the place I know as home… deep in the center of my body and life.
How has hooping been a balm in your life? Have you ever hooped your way through stressful times? I could write volumes on the subject but at the moment would rather hear about your experiences.