Joeseph Pilates: quotes from a genius
"The acquirement and enjoyment of physical well-being, mental calm and spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors if there be any such fortunate living among us today." -- Joseph Pilates
I love Joe's appreciation for balance; that life isn't just about doing the perfect Teaser. I read this quote today and pondered over the idea of "mental calm". Hmmm... I've been very aware lately of the endless "mind clutter" that seems to have interrupted my own sense of balance. I almost feel like a broken record because, once again, I've stacked far too much on my plate that there hasn't been enough time to re-surface and take care of my physical well-being and spiritual peace. You know how that feels? Well, here I am in this space again; redefining my priorities and creating time for myself, my family, my mind and my spirit.
I took a ride on the back of my husband's new motorcycle... all the way to the beach. It was my first time on a motorcycle and it felt so incredibly... liberating. Yes, for some reason, the 45min ride with the wind whipping in my face felt both liberating and exhilarating! Not to mention, the stroll along the 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica... gazing out over the ocean... sipping coffee at a leisurely pace while people- watching... ahhh... my mind needed to be free like that.
I started reading a book that my best friend Joanna sent to me about manifesting abundance in your life through daily affirmations. I love taking my time to read and reflect on the lessons learned in the book. I feel a renewed sense of energy as a write my own affirmations, repeat them daily and experience the transformation it creates in my approach to the day.
My husband and I went to a late night movie. Okay, so I had to have a cup of coffee to make it through all of "Get Smart" without conking out on his shoulder. But it was fun to escape into a light and fun movie and stay up past my usual 10pm (I know, I'm getting old).
I went swimming with my dog Brooklyn in our friend's pool. She's the cutest EVER! And I think she was really happy to have me join her in the water. (Mommy is usually working.)
I merely enumerate upon my life's most recent adventures because I sometimes forget that's what life is all about -- ADVENTURE. Having FUN is important. REST is important. ESCAPE is a necessary luxury. BALANCE is everything.
So, for me and all the other workaholics in the Pilates community, let's heed the wisdom of Joseph Pilates and allow ourselves the priceless gift of BALANCE: MIND/BODY/SPIRIT!
Rock Your Powerhouse!