Why Core Strength Matters-In Faith & Pilates

Most of my days could be described as, well, scattered, mixed up.  In any given hour, I am performing work, homemaking, parenting, daughtering, and personal duties.  As my grandmother would say, I’m ‘from piller to post’ and back again.  Even when I know what kind of mixed up files  I will be dealing with every day, there are often things blown my way that blindside me.  I, then, have to add whatever that is to the mix.  So, what do I do when things get mixed up? Mixed in?  I think this goes back to foundation.  If the foundation is strong, then no matter what gets mixed into our lives, we will not fall.  Sure, we may get battered and experience pain, but in the end we stand firm.  But if we do not have a solid foundation, we get injured, we crumble, we fall.

24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-27English Standard Version (ESV)

 

 rock strength

In this parable, we see that a solid foundation is built on God’s word AND the practice of it.  We also see that both houses experience unexpected things, thrown their way.  But it is the one with the solid foundation that remains.

So, what does this have to do with Pilates?  Well, the Pilates method has several principles, but the main one is this:  the center or core of the body is where all movement should initiate.  If the core is strong then all movements are anchored keeping the body aligned and protected.  Even when the unexpected things happen, the core will hold fast, activating to keep you stable and anchored.  The core is the foundation of the body.  When it is strong the body can withstand outside pressure or storms that would otherwise destroy us.  But it takes an understanding and practice of the core for it to be strengthened.  Just like our walk of faith, we must stay connected and centered in the core of God’s word, learning and practicing it, so that we can stay aligned, upright and protected.  Whether we have this foundation or not, the storms will come, we will be tossed around.  It will be the strength of the core foundation, built with understanding and practice, that will sustain us.

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