Living with the demands of the modern world, many of us find ourselves wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the everyday. We find it difficult to find a moment to slow down, take a deep breath, and focus on that moment where nothing else is happening except just being. This quote by Stephen Batchelor speaks well to the concept:
“One of the most difficult things to remember is to remember to remember. Awareness begins with remembering what we tend to forget. Drifting through life on a cushioned surge of impulses is but one of the many strategies for forgetting. Not only do we forget to remember, we forget that we live in a body with senses and feelings and thoughts and emotions and ideas. The world of colors and shapes, sounds, smells, tastes, and sensations becomes dull and remote.
To stop and pay attention to what is happening in the moment is one way of snapping out of such fixations.”
This notion of the focusing on the moment and filtering out the irrelevant information is deeply rooted in the philosophy of pilates, allowing your mind to focus on how to just be and become in touch with each movement rather than getting caught up in all that may be going on around you. By doing so, your perception of your own body, mental processes, and position becomes heightened, increasing your awareness of your state of being.
We invite you at this moment to just take a minute, take a deep breath, and feel what may be going on around you. Exercise this empowering sense of focus and become more in tune with yourself and your current position.