Roy Pomerantz: Why You Should Learn to Juggle

Roy Pomerantz is a professional juggler. He has been devoted to the art since his childhood when he found a book on juggling in a magic shop.

Though Roy Pomerantz was familiar with entertainment — he performed with his mother, a magician, while growing up — juggling opened the doors to an unexplored world. His immediate enthusiasm consumed him and he dedicated his life to it. “Oranges, beer cans and socks were not safe around me,” he said, reflecting on his discovery of “The Juggling Book.”

In Pomerantz’s words, he works to spread the gospel of juggling, teaching the hobby to all who are interested. Those who learn gain much more than a fun party trick. Juggling can change your body, your brain and your thoughts. The following are just some of the many benefits that it offers:

• Brain Growth

Juggling can promote both white and grey matter growth in your brain, which is similar to the effects of meditation. Unsurprisingly, some jugglers like Pomerantz use the act as a form of meditation to quiet their minds and focus on what’s important to them. 
To juggle, you must focus on the task at hand in a rhythmic, moving meditation. Without this focus, everything falls to the ground. Often, much as you’ll hear of a successful CEO stealing away for a few minutes of sitting meditation, businesspeople keep a set of juggling balls in their offices to de-stress throughout the day.

The brain growth from juggling doesn’t last if you don’t keep the hobby up, though. Just as consistent physical exercise is needed to maintain muscles, frequent juggling is required to keep your new brain size.

• Posture

If you’re like most people, spending days hunched over a screen of some type, your posture might not be the best. Juggling prompts you to stand or sit straight, adopting proper posture and a relaxed stance.

A short juggling session midday might help your back, neck and shoulders as much as it helps your stress levels.

• Self-Therapy

Juggling might offer a quick, inexpensive way to find relief from anxiety disorders, ADD, depression, anger and other challenges. Anxiety levels after just six months of therapy were, in a 2007 study, much lower in those who attended juggling therapy in comparison to those who attended non-juggling therapy.

Meditation offers similar benefits for those suffering from such mental challenges. If sitting meditation has never worked for you, the moving meditation of juggling could be just what you’re looking for.

To an outsider, juggling might look like another simple, fun hobby, but with benefits like those above, it can be a fun journey that helps you find yourself, internally and externally.

If you’re not convinced that juggling is the hobby for you, why not find a book or a video and three balled-up socks to try it? You have nothing to lose, but in the eyes of avid jugglers like Roy Pomerantz, you have a world of possibilities to gain.

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