Previously, the intention I wanted to establish for my time inside my hoop and my practice was to have courage and be brave. I used to be terrified of hooping in public and was self-conscious even in front of my own family. I wanted to be fearless and not be intimidated by failure and mistakes. Being brave, was my truth, it was my primary intention. Yet I still found myself nervous and sometimes participating fully was a challenge.
During two weeks of intimate connection to myself, my hoop, and other amazing hooper-beings, I had the space and time to cultivate and embody being brave. I realized that being brave was, in a way, a little intimidating and that it made things
seem difficult and serious. While hooping with amazing women and men from around the world, from different hoop paths, with different flows and different intentions, I saw something in each one that inspired me to my core. My new intention matches what sincerely transpires in my soul when I am inside my plastic circle. What is my new intention? To be playful! While playing I don’t have to remind myself to be brave, it is a natural offshoot. I went from serious and brave to being playful! Being playful is what enlivens and inspires me to let myself flow. Playfulness is my inspiring truth; it is the seed I planted in my heart in Bali.
My 2-week Sacred Circularities play-date with friends is complete, however I will continue to cultivate the seed of playfulness in my heart. The powerful effects of play are infinite. Some examples include creating new pathways in your brain, de-stressing your body, building relationships, and becoming fully self-expressed. These benefits are life changing. I left Sacred Circularities inspired to help others find their own form of playful healing medicine, whether it’s with a hoop, dance, a sport, a craft, or any kind of non-competitive play that expands the soul, heals the heart, and brings the corners of your mouth to the sky. I want to help revive the playful child in every adult. I remember the sweetness of asking a friend to play when I was a child. I would wake up on Saturday morning and run to knock on the door of my neighbor’s house.
All I would have to say was, “Can you play?” It was always a “Yes” and followed by both of us running down the driveway.
My future holds a lot of spirited and soulful play. Do you want to play with me?
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by Jamie Hood
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