“Where did that hour go?”
“Is that it? Is the class over?”
“That was the quickest hour ever!”
Living in the modern world can at times feel like spinning in a vortex that you can’t get out of. Work commitments, family commitments, community commitments, news events, health concerns, email, text, social media, etc, can easily spin us out of control.
Many of us know the phrase ‘May you live in interesting times’ and we certainly do, but how do we get a little respite from the chaos? I’ve noticed that one of the benefits of doing Pilates is that we can escape for an hour or two each week. But how? Concentration, that’s how. In order to improve our postural alignment and movement habits, we need to focus in class. As a rather pleasant by product to concentrating in class, we shut the world out. In so doing, time seems to stand still and we escape the vortex for just a little while.
Personally, three things have helped escape my own vortex. Pilates, for the reason given above. Climbing, because I wasn’t very good and wanted to stay alive! Landscape photography, because I need to concentrate to try and capture in a photo what I see.
How do you escape your vortex?
(A snap from a morning when I escaped late last year)