I am really wanting to connect more with my spirit and my hoop and discover a new me. If anyone has any suggestions on books or websites that can help me "feel something", please let me know. I sometimes feel like i am lost and that i don't even know who i am. Thanks!
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The path to spiritual awakening is different for everyone. The good news is that you are already on it even if you don't know it yet.
I found the beginning of my awakening when I read Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now. I hated it pretty much entirely, but there were seeds of truth in it that took hold and grew. Talking with friends who had also read it led me to finding other sources of knowledge and ideas that resonated. I also explored a lot of spiritual dead ends and alleys until I sorted it out for myself. I patched together my beliefs: little bit from here, some of this, a pinch of that. It all makes sense to me, though I am sure nobody else in the world is quite exactly the same.
The most important thing I learned on my path was surrender. Also the hardest, and the thing that challenges me constantly.
Your path will be different. Maybe it will come through the hoop. Perhaps a cat will lead you to enlightenment. Maybe you will struggle for a long time or maybe it happens in a flash this weekend. You never know. Enjoy the journey.
Thanks, Tink! :)
very beautifully put, and so true! Im going to be 52 and am mama to 7!! The hoop, and Im only in 8 months, has been the tool to guide me. My dance partner, I am in love with, nothing less than a spiritual high of the utmost satisfaction, I say it will happen, if you let it! and it doesnt matter when, just know that it will :)
Dr. Wayne Dyer helped me A LOT and he still is. He has tons of books, all amazing. I also lean toward metaphysics and quantum physics so Christopher Penczak is also one of my mentors. It's all about simplicity and realizing that we are all connected through an infinite pool of consciousness. What The Bleep Do We Know is a great film, you can netflix it, but basically you have to start diving deep into changing the way you have looked at the world all your life. It can be strange at first, but freeing when you get deep enough. I'll share more suggestions if you are interested :)
It has taken me many, many months to connect with my hoop!! Making my own made me feel a lot better about it. I think that if you bring it everywhere with you, even if it stays in the car, you start to form a relationship with it. I think that as you get better, and want to continue getting better, you will start to find that peace with yourself and your hoop!! All good artists need time
so true haha me and my hoops travel everywhere together, you never know when you might need them! and i must say my hoop relationships are so strong. they are now my babies, i even give them all names. hehe you will find yourself girl, just make sure everyday you are doing what you want to do, what you love, not someone else, you want to always check and make sure your on your own path. i got confused with this before, being on anothers spiritual path thinking it was my own, it will just stop your growth and make you so lost.
close ur eyes
be still, be silent and go inward. sit in meditation, do what makes you happy, and you will begin to uncover your true spiritual self. seriously, look into meditation!! its amazing. hooping can be a meditation :)
The feeling of being lost and not knowing yourself is just the first part in your spiritual awakening; you know you want more in your life than just material contentment, you are just unsure of how to obtain it. The hoop is here to show you how :)
A book you might find helpful is "How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life" written by the Dalai Lama. It discusses Buddhist principles, which can be applied no matter what one's religious beliefs are.
Wonderful suggestions. Whatever your beliefs are, above all you must make time for regular practice to connect with your hoop and notice from day to day how it makes you feel. Not every session is going to feel outstanding and uplifting: there will be days where hooping just makes you more frustrated, and that's fine. Go with it and try something new once in a while to change up your routine.
Some practical things to try might be hooping blindfolded, hooping to some meditative music (I like BoomChakra and Nadis Warriors because their songs usually concentrate on clearing a specific energy center in your body) or developing your own ritual to warmup.
I sometimes start out by doing what I call metronome hooping: concentrate on one motion, in alternating directions, almost as if you are stuck in rewind, play, rewind, play. You can do this on your arms, hips, waist, shoulders, and just keep the hoop ticking like a clock. It helps to get you ready for a better flow once you beign your dance.
Good luck and however you feel, really be present during your hoop sessions and pay attention to what's going on inside.
Hooping is an awesome, powerful way to raise energy, for magical and mundane purposes. If I have a really good session, everything becomes possible :) Try noticing how you feel before and after an un-self-conscious, extended session and see if the world holds some new possibilities.