So, I’ve been back to my daily hoop dance practice, which I renamed ‘regular hoop dance practice’ last week when, after eleven days of consistent practice, I skipped three whole days because I was just too overwhelmed by the stuff going on in my life to hoop. I know, that sounds pretty pathetic, doesn’t it? How much resolve could I have actually had if I threw in the towel on day twelve?
Instead of writing off the whole thing I dusted myself off, got a couple of good nights’ sleep in and got back into the hoop. It’s easy not to hoop. As much fun and as rewarding as it can be, it doesn’t take much to start skipping it. And yet, now that I have experienced how good it feels to push through the lethargy or melancholy or exhaustion and get hooping, I know I will feel so much better in just minutes. When I don’t hoop, the day is whatever the day is. I go to bed with the day’s stress and tension wrapped around me. If I have managed to hoop, my practice will have spun all of the this’s and thats of the day out of my energy field. I am renewed, revitalized and HAPPY.
Once I’ve had my thirty (or however many minutes) in the hoop, I feel like myself again. Hoop practice is like a reset mechanism in my life. I come away feeling grounded and connected to myself and the things that matter most to me. And that’s what keeps me coming back to the hoop over and over and over again.
If you don’t have a regular hoop practice, I encourage you to give it a whirl. You won’t know what it can do for you until you have given it some real consistent time. It takes at least three weeks to establish new habits. So maybe your ideal practice is more like fifteen minutes a day than thirty. Do that. Do what works for you, but do the thing you promise yourself you will do. Regular practice of anything is going to change your relationship with it. If you choose to practice hoop dance you will also discover an element of playfulness and tap into a reservoir of joy. Whatever you choose to do for yourself, make sure it lifts your spirit. Otherwise, it is just another weight on your shoulders, and who needs more of that?
If you’ve committed to a hoop dance practice, I’d love to hear from you. What have you learned about yourself? How has your hooping changed as a result? Have you noticed that you feel differently about the other things in your life?
As always, I wish you happy hooping.