In Pilates every movement has a purpose and function, nothing is wasted. This precision of movement requires that we become AWARE of what muscles we need to use, CONCENTRATE on activating the core muscles by using BREATH, and CONTROLLING the movement using the desired muscles. The goal of precise Pilates movements is not just to have an efficient exercise routine, but to provide a functionality for your life. Moving with precision allows our bodies to be supported and stabilized by our core- not just while we exercise, but while we move through our lives. I believe this is the key reason that Pilates is known to produce such positive results. Once we become aware of our bodies, concentrate on activating our core through breathing, and control the muscles through the movement, our bodies integrate this process through ALL of our movements. It’s not so much about learning a specific set of Pilates “rules”, but taking what we learn in class and having it become part of our lives.
Spiritual Precision, or Prudence, also requires this same type of integration. Not just memorization of rules for good living, but applying what we learn and know from scripture into our lives. A person who has the virtue of being prudent looks at a situation with clarity-(awareness), makes a moral judgment based on counsel (activating the core through the breath), and completes an action (moves with control). But how are we to do all of this? In Proverbs 4:11, God promises us that He will help us in our practice toward prudence, this precision of decision. “I will guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.” He gives us the AWARENESS of His goal for us and guides us with the BREATH of the Holy Spirit.
Proverbs 4:5 further instructs us : “Get wisdom and understanding (become aware of His word in order to follow it) do not forget my words (we need to concentrate on the Word when we learn it) or swerve from them ( perform the precise movement the Word has directed us to do by using His Breath- the Holy Spirit to control our actions and movements throughout life.)
Our reward for practicing precision in our decisions is found in Proverbs 4:20, 25. “Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you…Listen closely to my words, do not let them out of your sight, keep them in your heart- for they are life and health to the whole body.” I believe this passage describes not only the prudent person, but also shows how to achieve the alignment required for this prudence…looking straight ahead- (alignment of body and mind), fixing your gaze- (visualize yourself in alignment), listening and remembering His Word- (concentration on the CORE), keeping them in your heart- (DAILY activation of the CORE with the BREATH). If we do these things, our reward is life and health through HIM.