Anyone who does Pilates will know the importance of connecting with your core muscles – they are your inner strength and the key to deepening your abilities to do the exercises.
And today, after a 30 minute private Pilates lesson focussed on finding those muscles and seeing for myself how, when I’m not connecting with them I’m trying to compensate by using other parts of my body and thus not able to get the full benefit from the exercise, it dawned on me the correlation between Pilates and The 3 Principles!
As we deepen our understanding of the way life works, we’re more in touch with our own core – the who we really are – and we don’t need to compensate for any perceived weaknesses (lack of confidence etc) – it’s just a thought!
We know we’re OK and can stand in the world, ready to respond in the moment by moving and stretching ourselves, confident and safe in our flexibility – rather than rigid and unbending when something “out there” upsets our equilibrium.
We know they’ll be bumps along the road, those unexpected set backs and upsets that can catch us off guard – but we come back to our core more quickly, we trust our innate health is there, even when we’re not seeing it in the moment.
And as we start to experience life in a different way, there’s room for new thought to emerge. Just as I saw in my lesson that there was another way to move my body which helped me connect those (in my case) lazy muscles more easily with a slight adjustment of posture, so I can get curious about where else in my life I’m not in touch with my core.
Where is that “4th Principle”? You know, the “yeah but this circumstance is the exception” thinking – it’s gone!
Seeing that, I can have some fun around it. Today by finding my deeper core muscles, I lifted my legs up to the “table-top” position with far less effort than before. Now I’m thinking “so what else is going to be easier with this new connection?”
That’s a far more open enquiry than my usual “oh no I can’t do this exercise without my hips clicking and I don’t like that feeling”.
And as if by magic my hips didn’t click during the session.
Simple realisation…huge benefits!
Like the 3 Principles, the moment you insightfully see that Thought is creating your experience of reality 100% of the time, moment to moment and that it always works this way, you’ve got your core connection.
And if your metaphorical hips start clicking you also know that feeling is an indication of your level of thinking!
Nothing to do, just the realisation that you’ve got caught up yet again (happens all the time to us humans!) and life goes on.
Anyone for Pilates?