Daily Reflections From My Window

June 27, 2021 Sunday: Try Something New!


“Mastering others is strength. Mastering oneself makes you fearless.”

Lao Tzu

Yesterday was pretty busy but to make a long story short, I’ll catch up with fiber (which I washed all day!) and my farmers market visit tomorrow after I tell you about hooping with fire.

Dawn calls it “Stepping into the Ring of Fire”, or “Pam’s Recital” because Pam’s whole family came out to watch her hoop. It really WAS a recital of sorts.

Some of us have been with Dawn since her first hoop workshop at the Mound, and some just joined recently, but we all love it and we’re ready to try hooping with Fire. The hoops are heavier than our regular class hoops, which are filled with water to add weight. The hoop in the above picture is a hand hoop and heavier than what we use in class. In addition to the hoop, the Fire hoops are heavier because of the weight of the marshmallow shaped wicks. We started with one wick and worked up to 3, first with our hand hoops and then on our waist.

Before we even got near one of these special hoops, Dawn did about a half hour safety presentation about the whole situation. She takes this very seriously and wants safety to be the precursor to fun. She’s right. There’s a lot to remember and when you get that hoop in your hands, your mind, at least mine did, goes blank. All that we’ve learned over the years and I couldn’t remember a thing. Thank goodness for my hooping buddies and especially for Dawn and Mary, our designated safety person-really, she had a fire blanket and they both were equipped with fire extinguishers. But let’s get to the fun part! The hooping! First up, we had to make sure to wear 100% cotton or all natural fibers (like wool, silk, or alpaca) and they should be tight fitting. Our hair had to be completely covered or sprayed with water. We wore Dawn’ Kevlar arm covers yo protect our arms. Safety was primary and then we took turns of 3 minutes each, or until our fire went out. If we were tired, we dropped the hoop and Mary was at the ready to extinguish.

Here’s Dawn showing us the wick and then she showed us how to dip it.

Because this is getting long, I’m going right to the end, to the part where I could do it! Then I’ll show you Dawn. I’m going to be making a compilation video soon of us all. There were 4 students, plus Mary (also a student) and Dawn, our fearless leader.

Here I go, to a favorite song, “Jailhouse Rock”. Jay was my expert videographer. This one’s for my buddies Edyce and John.

And here’s the real deal. Dawn makes it look so easy, but with 3 wicks, you can definitely feel the fire, and as Dawn explained to us, the flame is always trying to point up. Your hands move on the hoop too. The wicks are affixed to the hoop and don’t move, but knowing where and when to grab is key. She does it though, with grace and elegance.

Today’s message? Get out of your comfort zone and do something new and different. Maybe for you it’s not fire hooping, but hooping in itself is a blast and so good for you. We burn a lot of calories in each class because we’re doing it together and all have our own hoops. There’s probably something you would love to try. A new food to try, a new route to take. What will be next for me? Maybe getting comfy in water that’s deeper than I am tall. I’m not aquatic!

Tomorrow I’ll bring you exciting composting information. Yippee!

In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!