[Hooping.org columnist Lara Eastburn opens our eyes in this weeks Hoopsophy entry.]
When you started hooping, did you start seeing circles and spirals everywhere? That’s because they ARE everywhere. After all, your body is not the first thing to opt for turning around itself in circles as the most natural and intuitive way to go. Nature itself often chooses to do the same. As it turns out, from the cellular level to our galaxy’s planetary orbits and beyond, the most efficient way from A to B is NOT always a straight line. Instead, when nature opts for a spiraling path, scientists and aesthetes alike find themselves reflecting upon it in awe. The phenomenon is incredibly complex and, somehow, also mind-boggingly simple… so much so that we define it as “the golden ratio,” an irrational mathematical constant. In layman’s terms, that means we don’t know how or why it happens, but it does happen over and over again. It is how math explains and draws lines between nature, art, and music. In short, it is the mathematical equation for Beauty. I don’t have to dig on math to dig on that … that’s just spectacularly awesome.
Since this is clearly a topic that requires illustration, I submit this week for your perusal and pondering what is known as a visual, or image essay. Inspired by my favorite book in the whole world, Jon Berger’s Ways of Seeing, the image-only essay offers up a visual narrative and vocabulary for the connection we feel in the hoop to “something bigger” than us. I invite you to sit with these images and observe what thoughts and feelings come to mind. “Read” the images as a whole, as a composition. Allow them to speak to you in whatever way they will. I do hope you will share your “reading,” gut feelings, and impressions with us here. And even if you don’t, I defy you, like flying pigs, to not see spirals anywhere you look. Yup, even in your latte. Spiral on, family!
*Pi, also an irrational mathematical constant, is what you use to calculate the diameter of your hoops!
Lara Eastburn has been dancing in meadows and singing with the moon while spinning in circles for eons at Superhooper.org. Beyond commenting here, you can also discuss this and other topics related to the Hooposophy for living in Hooping.org’s Hooposophy Group and Gorum. Lara is also the planting and gardening force behind discovering our hooping community roots: The Hooping Family Tree Project.