Wellness Pathway #241 Spin Yourself Silly

When was the last time you went outside, held out your arms, threw back your head, and spun around in circles until you collapsed in the grass from dizzy exhaustion? Probably not since you were a little child or, perhaps, since you were in the company of a little child.

Little children do that. They love to twirl around as much as they love to swing. And it’s a habit worth recovering, both for exercise and stress reduction.

We can do it recreationally or, like the Whirling Dervishes, a spiritual offshoot of Islam dating back to the 13th century Ottoman Empire, we can do it religiously. The Dervishes start by raising their arms in prayer as music plays in the background. After going through a variety of forms, their arms extend, right palm up and left palm down, and they begin to spin — for hours. The early American Shakers were also fond of spinning, to purify the spirit and experience the bliss of divine love.

So it is with spinning. It works our bodies and connects us with healthy energy and rhythms. This past summer, when my daughter and then later my son were visiting, we went to a local amusement park. Both times we went on one of my favorite rides: the spinning tea cups. I love to make them spin so fast and crazy that laughter erupts and eyes tear. When the ride is over, we’re always careful to watch our step while the spinning world comes slowly to a halt.

In high school I didn’t run with the track team, I threw the discus. One and a half turns were enough to propel that platter more than one hundred feet in the air. It was exhilarating. And don’t forget how dogs and cats can chase their tails, let alone the furious spins of nature’s hurricanes and tornados. Something there is that loves to go round and round.

Of course there may be medical reasons why spinning is not a good idea. People who suffer from vertigo have enough trouble maintaining their balance without spinning themselves silly. But unless you’re one of those people, I suggest you give it a try.

Coaching Inquiries: Could you spin in circles without hurting yourself? How fast could you go? How long could you go? What discoveries could you make?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
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