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Flow with Balqis Al Rashed 


Balqis Al Rashed is a Saudi visual artist based in Riyadh. She recently shared a very short clip of her with a hoola hoop that has been making its round on Facebook.

Despite it being 16 seconds long, I was mesmerised with her movements and was quite taken with her words about her connection to natural flow and movement of her soul

I got in touch with her asking if I can share this video and words on my blog and she very graciously said yes. She also added this video is part a bigger project that she has been developing for the past year and will be sharing a longer version in the near future. 

For now, enjoy this very short version, and if you share it with others, please don't let this be about a veiled Saudi girl dancing with a hoola hoop. It's much more than that. 



I have developed a love for the circle. The lessons behind the hoop are beyond physical. I found in it the healing power of joy and self expression. The biggest lesson of all is to: flow. Flow?

Flow - move with no resistance, with complete freedom. The hoop became a tool of meditation and soulful articulation. It always connected me to the natural flow and movement of my soul.

In this circle, it is safe to flow and to be, just because. In that space, I am free - free of resistance, free of pain, free of fears. This is where peace resides. This is where joy springs. This is where the child in me is free to safely and joyfully play. Breaking all false boundaries. Breaking free of contradictions, delusions, and resistance to become all that I am, all that I ever was.  

Balqis Al Rashed


Read Balquis' complete blogpost here.


[Hat tip Jane Aldersley]

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