This weekend, Friday through Sunday, I am attending Hoop Girl’s Level Two Teacher Training in San Francisco. It has not been quite a year since I got my first hoop–August 10th is my Hoopiverary–and though I have learned so much more than I dared dream possible just a year ago, I am still learning something every time I pick up a hoop. I love teaching the Hoop Girl Level One moves now that I’ve had a chance to really get them into my body and it will be the same with the moves of Level Two, some of which are looking a bit daunting to me at the moment, after some time and concentrated practice in the weeks to come.
If I have learned anything in this past year it is that I can do anything I really want to do. If I’ve got the passion for it my body will work with me to make it happen. Passion seems to be the key to accomplishment for me. No passion? I might as well forget about it. A little passion. Is there really any such thing? A little passion doesn’t have enough fire to alchemize any real change.
With the handful of things that light me up, though, I can feel the passion working through me to get things moving and it never fails to succeed, if given enough time to work its magic. I wish I’d understood this earlier in my life. The truth is that I didn’t understand myself or trust myself enough to go after the stuff that did capture my imagination when I was younger. And even the things I did pursue I was able to put out my own fire with fear or doubt until I was so discouraged I quit even trying. And then when I got into my 50s I finally decided that I had wasted enough time on things that I didn’t love. I no longer cared whether the things on which I was putting my attention appeared to be virtuous to others. (Did I really let other people’s opinions have that much impact on my life?? Apparently, so.) So one day a hoop video appeared before me and before I knew it there was nothing in me that wanted to resist it’s appeal. I was all in. And it was good. And it keeps on getting better.
I’m excited about the process of continuing this Hoop Girl journey with my hooping as well as my teaching. Christabel Zamor is an inspiring teacher and Goddess friend and I am blessed to be able to learn from her in-person. I’ve been looking forward to this for months and now the moment has arrived.
Wish me luck!