Bonnie Brown of Outward Spiral is back with a beautiful beach hooping video – and even though she is 32 weeks pregnant, she is as exuberant as ever. Spinning energetically in the sand at the weekly hoop jam she hosts at Siesta Key Beach in Siesta Key, Florida, w a beaming smile on her face and henna on her belly, you gotta love her smooth and graceful flow. Bonnie lives in Sarasota, Florida, USA, and the soundtrack here is called “Let the Rhythm Just (featuring Mr. Lif & Ayla Nereo)” by The Polish Ambassador, which can be downloaded for your own collection over on iTunes.
by Bonnie Brown
Last night I had a dream that I was at some kind of dance rehearsal. Myself and this other girl went on stage to rehearse, or try-out for some type of performance. It was her turn first and while I awaited mine with my hoop in hand I did some stretching and chose my music. When she was finished, however, they said, “OK, thank you very much everyone. That’s all for today.” Then they began putting chairs on the stage and stacking them. I protested, “But this isn’t fair! You don’t understand. I’m ready to go!” They just apologized and continued filling the stage with more chairs. That’s when I said, “I don’t care! I need to dance! I am here to do this and I am going to hoop dance for you anyway!” I cranked up my music good and loud and began to hoop.
No one paid any attention. It was difficult to hoop as the crowds of people walked through the stage area too, some carrying chairs, others not, but then I noticed someone in the distance. A well known figure in the hooping community had entered the building and began to cheer me on. We smiled at one another and I knew that regardless of whether anybody cared I was meant to do this. I kept on dancing, despite the restrictions in my space, despite the opposition of those in charge. I danced because I had to. It was difficult, at times frustrating and I there were times I didn’t feel very graceful, but I did it anyway and it felt really good.
That’s when I woke up and I realized I had been dreaming. I laughed to myself as I tried to go back to sleep, to return to the dream to exercise the divine power that only a person who knows they’re dreaming can employ. And I found myself back there. I tried clearing away the chairs and getting the people to move out of the way with the powers of my mind, knowing it is a dream now and I could do whatever I wanted. And you know what happened? I never managed to clear the space or quiet the noise at all.
Upon awakening I realized that it’s not always possible to create what we need or want– no matter how much effort we put into it. Sometimes we just have to accept things as they are and work around them, or with them – for they are there to challenge us. They are there for us to overcome. They are there for us to recognize, acknowledge and to no longer give them our power.
It may not always feel “right” when we’re doing what we love to do. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable. We might encounter those who simply do not get it or care to watch or listen. There are those who may not even treat us fairly. The general belief that gets tossed around that if we’re doing what is right it will all work out smoothly. The universe will roll out the red carpet and welcome us to our destiny. In reality, while we may have those moments, we’re bound to be given the lessons we need to allow us to grow along the way. Doing what feeds our souls may not always feel nurturing all the time. In fact there may even be moments we’re not having fun at all, but there’s a lesson to be learned there so we keep at it. Those are the moments, those are the gems that will make all the hard work worthwhile. And if we look in the distance we will see our friends, our loved ones, those who support us in our community online or off, people we may not even actually know, applauding loudly and cheering us on.
And I’m smiling and rooting for you. I’m so inspired by what you are doing. You’re amazing. You’re on your way. Thank you for following your bliss and staying on your journey. Your doing so is what gives us all the permission to do the same.
Bonnie Brown of Outward Spiral started hooping in 2007 and has been in the spin ever since. Bonnie believes that dance can be a tool to self discovery, personal evolution and connecting to a larger supportive community of people. She lives in Sarasota, Florida, USA.