I am going to be honest, I am a control freak. I really don’t do well when I am not in control of almost all things in my life (which, is something I believe I inherited from my mother).
Regardless, I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and how it relates to Pilates. As most of you know, Pilates was originally called Contrology (base word CONTROL) and it is one of the main principles. Pilates created his method based around muscle control which, may be part of the reason I relate to it so much.
My husband and I have recently gone through a bunch of life changes that were completely out of my control and causing me to freak out. And I mean really freak out, as in lose my sh** for lack of better words.
I had to force myself to take a step back and be reminded that you cannot control everything that happens to you. As my wise mother always says, “you can only control how you react to it.”
It’s truly amazing the difference you feel when you take the time to stop trying to control what you cannot and only what you can. After a few days (or weeks) of letting all of the stresses and anxieties get to me, I decided to only focus on the things within my control. From eating, exercising and planning out every detail of our move in advance, I now feel like I have a pretty good handle on things and much more calm.
So, for all you control freaks out there, I’ll leave you with this as it’s really resonated with me:
“The Pilates Method teaches you to be in control of your body and not at its mercy.” – Joseph Pilates
Let’s all be mindful and truly take the time to focus only on what we can control, instead of what we cannot.
Carrie Foster Heberling