Last Saturday was the Winter Solstice. In class, we did a focusing meditation with our hoops and hooped to music that helped us to remember that as the seasons shift, so do we. Winter is a time when things die off, plants go dormant and people tend to become a little more introspective. It is time for taking stock of our lives and deciding which things hold enough value for us to carry them into the New Year. Hooping brings us present in our bodies and reminds us that part of the fun of living is in discovering our own rhythm and those things that bring us more alive.
Today was the last class of 2013. I’m rather awed at how chock-full of hoop joy this year has been. Along with teaching hoop dance classes every Saturday that I was in town, in January, I did Baxter’s awesome three day workshop, Myth and Way. In June, I did Betty Lucas’ class to learn hoop choreography for her Entering the Void routine, which was something of a breakthrough for this non-dancer who has failed miserably at every previous attempt at learning regular dance choreography. In September, I went to Hoop Camp for the second time, and loved every moment of it. And in November, I did Baxter’s deeply transformative workshop called Puri*Fire. If you ever get a chance to attend a Baxter or Hoop Path workshop or class, I highly recommend it.
Today in class, we talked briefly about consciously closing out the year by letting go of anything that no longer serves us. We each spoke one thing into the circle that we are ready to release from our lives. For some it was stress, for others, resistance and for me, it was fear. Fear has dominated my life in so many guises for so many years it is hard to fathom. I know that though it once served to keep me safe, today, it only serves to keep me playing small. So we hooped those things we wished to release out of our systems, mindful that in using breath and movement, a real change is occurring. Hoop dance is a remarkable tool for consciously letting go of those limiting energies that we habitually carry around with us. As the hoop swirls around our bodies our energetic field comes alive. Once we are in that heightened state of flow our perspective on everything changes, at least a little and afterward we are able to see more clearly what really matters and what really doesn’t.
For me, every day of hooping in it is a holy day. I see things more clearly once I’ve moved and grooved in the sacred center of my hoop. And on those days when I get to do that in the company of other hoopers, well, that is pure delight.
Much Love and Happy Hooping!