One Small Step for Brookhaven Retreat
One Large Step for the Ladies at Brookhaven Retreat
When we are met with challenges that seem too much for us…how do we win? Invariably, by that almost indefinable something called poise…and poise is the subtle outward show of inbred confidence.
At Brookhaven Retreat the conditioning of the hula-hoop is a valuable tool for women struggling with self-confidence. The repeated practice of hula hooping physically conditions and impresses flowing and complex movements into the core of the hooper. She learns to carry herself as if she were born by nature to effortlessly do so.
Confidence is an attitude that changes your thoughts and thoughts change your world. Also, attitudes are nothing more than habits of thought and like all habits they can be acquired. The practice of hula hooping builds the mental attitude of confidence, which more surely determines success than does raw aptitude. The woman who knows she will triumph makes the opportunities on which she capitalizes and her driving opportunism is born of ingrained confidence.
The first step in acquiring this positive attitude of confidence must begin with the desire to have it and the perpetuating drive to pay the price of practice for it. Consider that the hoop is a space or a place for a community of one. It is round, smooth and possesses no dark or shadowy corners. The embrace of the hoop is like a perfect partner reflecting only the mastery of the hooper. As the hooper finds the uniqueness of her own hoop dance she is able to feel the personal flow within her, it becomes more powerful than the outward reflections of a mirror, which does not touch her and has no soul. The physical skill of hooping transfers the feelings of poetic movement into the imagination where the hooper is the creative master of her own body even when the hoop is at home and in the closet. She has become accustomed to the physical strengthening of her core and the feelings of poise and self-confidence.
Confidence means acknowledging one’s talent, believing in one’s learned abilities; understanding that it takes her complete commitment to certify fearless grace and victory without regret. Every rhythmic gyre of the hoop exercises the mastery of complete commitment. Nothing else and nothing less will do. From unquenchable desire, based on personal discipline there arises an aura of pride that envelops and molds her self-perceptions.
What is a winner?...Someone who finishes having given it her all. This exhilaration is more than mere compensation for all the drudgery, all the toil. It is the pinnacle of self-fulfillment. It is pure achievement, gratifyingly earned and justly enjoyed. Confidence changes your thought and you change world.