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IN THE QUIET

IN THE QUIET

“In The Quiet” written by Laura Burdo.

It’s in the quiet that we hear the most.

Quiet The Mind

“The mind when housed within a healthful body possesses a glorious sense of power.”

Brain In ControlIn the Quiet - Brain In Control

Joseph Pilates made this power statement. Being the founder of the Method of Contrology, he touted that we must first train the brain – and then – the brain will control the will of the body.

This is to be highlighted…especially in our world today. I feel that our minds are under attack. Information bombards us. We juggle economic and societal pressures, cultural expectations, family concerns … and if there’s a bit of time and energy left, we take care of ourselves.

This is crazy making, right?
All that makes it difficult to live orderly – with personal priorities.

Joe said that we are to do things with profound purpose. Sounds great. But to do so, we might have to first quiet and control the mind. I wonder what could happen if we could master this – and have a healthful body!

in the quiet - rick warrenPurpose

Rick Warren authored the book, The Purpose Driven Life, awhile back. It sold about a million copies per month for a very long time. He said this in a Ted Talk, “What surprised him most about the book was that he got to write it.”

You see, he never considered himself an author. He just said that he liked to spend time being quiet… and being open.

“Tune Out to Tune In.” That’s what I say to admonish others.

“Airplane mode” is what I call it.

Solitude

I’ve learned to seek solitude. It’s become a precious practice to me.
Whether it be a hike, reading, or stretching gently upon a mat – no matter the activity, BEING ALONE is the point.

Yet, alone I am not.
Just like a divine appointment, something tangible meets me.

At times, the quiet speaks, occasionally in a loud tone.
I’ve questioned this space, and its power.
Is it my subconscious mind?
Is it the universe?
Is it God?

Psychology Today

Psychology Today published an article on this very topic.

They differentiated between loneliness and solitude. “Loneliness is a negative state, marked by a sense of isolation or rejection. One feels that something is missing. It is possible to be with people and still feel lonely – perhaps the most bitter form of loneliness. Solitude is the state of being alone, without being lonely.”

Over the years, I realized that we can even be lonesome for ourselves, is a way, lacking personal peace and fellowship with self. And just maybe, something higher than ourselves longs for our company.

Josh Wesly

John Wesly was an English Anglican cleric and theologian who, with his brother, Charles and fellow cleric George Whitfield, founded Methodism.

John Wesly’s mother is said to have sat in a chair and thrown her apron over her head as a sign to her kids to leave her alone.

Jesus usually went to a secluded hillside to meditate.

And A Final Thought

A “prayer closet” might even be a daily commute, a bench in the back yard, or under the kitchen table.

The point is that the “closet” is free from interruption, distraction, and listening ears.

But, keep your ears attuned.

TUNE OUT TO TUNE IN.

Talk soon,
Laura Burdo
The Pilates Preacher

For more check out these articles:
1) Less Hope Full
2) Gonna Be
3) Mentors

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LESS HOPE FULL

“Less Hope Full” written by Laura Burdo.

“If you think it’s hopeless it isn’t.”

Is It Real?

So, is it a situation, a relationship, is it a job, or is it you that’s hopeless?

I get it.

It’s a thought and a feeling that’s pretty familiar.

But, you know what? It’s just that. A thought. Oh, it feels real, but it isn’t.

Opinion isn’t always truth.

(And neither are emotions the best barometer.)

By Definition…

Here’s the definition of hopeless. Lacking hope, despairing, not expecting anything positive – giving no grounds for hope, promising nothing desirable, desperate.

Now, that’s heavy.

But, you know what?

Those negative devils are liars! Worse than that, despair seeks to steal your joy and comes only to destroy.

Hope deferred afflicts the soul and makes the heart sick. But, when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

Substance

It has been said that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

What if someone gave you grounds for hope? Or better yet, what if you gave yourself permission to hope again?

A glass half full… or a glass half empty. A gas tank once full, now low… or… on empty.

It’s like that.

Samuel SmilesSamuel Smiles

Samuel Smiles lived in the 1800s. He was a Scottish author who is known as a government and social reformer.

He practically rose to celebrity status overnight when he released his masterpiece of a book titled, Self Help.

He concluded that more progress could come from new attitudes then from more laws.

Here’s one of his more powerful quotes, in my opinion. “Hope is like the sun, which as you journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burdens behind us.”

Dalai LamaDalai Lama

I’m gonna close with a gracious reminder from the Dalai Lama … “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”

Well, there we go … all our bases are covered!

May our hopes soar higher and may we be without doubt…
MORE HOPE FULL

Talk soon,
Laura Burdo
The Pilates Preacher

For more check out these articles:
1) Gonna Be
2) Mentors
3) Top Ten Tips – From Top Sports Psychologists

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GONNA BE

“Gonna Be” written by Laura Burdo.

“If you think it’s hopeless, it isn’t.”

Hello, I’m Laura Burdo, The Pilates Preacher!

I aspire to inspire you.

From Inspiration to Perspiration and Beyond!

I like to introduce myself like this.

It sounds more like an announcement than an introduction.  I’m tooting a horn, alright. Not just my own, though.

But, one for YOU, and for our friends and loved ones.

It’s a megaphone sounding off… a proclamation… a war cry.

It’s the sound of MAKING & TAKING ACTION.  Whether it be to you, faint or blaring… this is the message I’m carrying.

From Experience

For over 25 years, operating as a Pilates Professional and a health consultant in private practice, I’ve honed unique skills. And almost like a sixth sense, I’ve perceived a revelation, or two… or ten.

Upon meeting new clients, I tell them, “Initially, you will be forming a relationship with me. But ultimately, my job is to encourage an astounding relationship between yourself and your own mind, body, and spirit.”

IT’S AN INSPIRED INTEGRATION

That’s what I’m talking about.

During the consultation phase, I listen intently as they describe their current physical condition (often the lack there of) and their state of mind.

Later, we conduct an overall fitness evaluation. This is where I collect health history data. All vitally important, but unfortunately, this is where conversation typically stops in the health and fitness field.

Whenever possible, I try to go deeper. You see, people basically know what to do with their brain and their body. (Albeit, they often lack pertinent input and motivation.)

Rarely, however, do I witness the exploration of – the delicately intricate – core of the matter.

THIS IS THE MISSING LINK.

DISCLAIMER

Please don’t misunderstand The Pilates Preacher’s position.   It’s not my intention to suppose or impose.  So, I repent if I tread upon your toes!

I’m expressing affirmation and agreement with you.  You know that you possess all you need to succeed.

See it already … YOUR OWN BRAND of inspired integration.

It’s Like This

For many years, I desired to reach-out on a platform which would help me connect with more people. Those who, for whatever reasons, I would never have the chance to meet.

I’d imagine and fantasize a myriad of possibilities. I even embarked upon various venues and avenues. Made both bold and meager moves … all to no avail.

Nothing stuck. Nothing took shape.

Was it something cosmic like the planets had yet to align?

Perhaps, the timing wasn’t right? Or I simply wasn’t ready?

WANNA, WOULDA, COULDA!

This gets us, ultimately, nowhere.

WANNA, WILLA, GONNA!

Basically, builds the airplane while it’s in flight.

You see, I had the desire. I had the ability.
My flesh was willing, but my spirit was weak.
Or vice-versa?
Ugh, or both?

The point is that I had to step-out in faith.

And step-up in the right spirit and attitude.

We can wander about in circles and sit around wondering.

Or…

We can decide to get moving, keep onward, and soar upward!

Instead of asking, WHAT, WHERE, & WHEN?
Let’s declare instead … THAT, THERE & THEN!

Don’t be a wanna-be.
Be a gonna-be.

Joseph_Pilates - The Pilates Preacher

A Final Word

“Every moment of our lives can be the beginning of great things.” – Joseph H. Pilates

I would love to hear your thoughts.  Please comment below.

Talk soon,
Laura Burdo
The Pilates Preacher

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MENTORS

As a youngster, I would hurry home from school to watch The Richard Simmons’ Show.

I’d sit cross-legged upon the floor, and against parental admonitions, position myself very close to the television. My favorite segment was what followed the exercise, when the lights were dimmed, and reflective music wafted in the background. Richard would peer into the camera and speak directly into our living rooms. My heart swelled with admiration when he would say that he knew there was a healthier and happier person within each one of us. His demeanor was compassionate, and his words, empathetic. To me, he might as well have been clairvoyant – and quite possibly, a Saint. This show resonated deeply within me. And despite family’s efforts to dissuade, I simply couldn’t divert my misty, mesmerized eyes from that screen.

For years, I continued to rehearse and memorize exercise scripts. This fascination of mine concerned my parents because I was an underweight petite kid who didn’t need more activity. I was a performer on a gymnastic team called The Sundance Kids, and I enjoyed modern dance. In high school, I became a competitive cheerleader and joined the track team. Later, I taught aerobics (big surprise), coached cheerleading teams, and earned an income as a fitness model.

I suffered an injury during this time, which lead me to have surgery with many weeks of physical therapy. The therapist explained that I needed to discontinue certain activities, but graciously suggested an alternative avenue for my physical competitiveness – Bodybuilding and Figure Shows.

This I did pursue, and after much work and hard knocks, I eventually captured local, state, and national titles.

I settled into a career that encompassed three worlds – rehabilitation, fitness, and inspirational coaching. It seems like pure Providence to be able to combine interests that feel so natural to me. For this bliss, I’m grateful.

My business operates in the form of a private practice which involves a diverse array of physical modalities, consulting, and motivational speaking.

And whenever possible, I embrace opportunities for community outreach.

Along my journey, I was confronted with the profound teachings of a man named JOSEPH PILATES.

His methodologies are clinical, complex, and now a century-old. Originally called CONTROLOGY, Mr. Pilates touted that we must first train the brain, as it’s the mind itself which builds the body. My initial impression was that this is a miraculous missing link for every imaginable physical condition. I immediately acted upon this recognition. I received certification and began implementing the Pilates Principles into every facet of my work. As time went on, I had the revelation that this is a missing link to so much more of what ails us. This is why I refer to it as inspired integration for the whole being. It fact, it was defined, by the creator and founder himself, as complete coordination of the mind, body, and the spirit. Many do not know that THE PILATES METHOD not only builds the body, but has a methodology for the mind, and a philosophy for life. It was these fundamental components that established the field of rehabilitation that we use today, and has virtually revolutionized the entire world of fitness.

Even all of this doesn’t do Joe justice. He had such high hopes and aspirations for us. And I really want you to know Joe! You may say I’m obsessed. Many have teased me for my exuberance. I mention Joe so frequently that I’m accused of having an imaginary friend – which is true, in all actuality.

Mentors are magical like that. They show up in our lives at different times, in various forms. Some living, some gone, some we’ve known, others not. They are everywhere – crossing our path, hovering above, contending with us, lingering. Occasionally, they are waiting for us to accept the call to take the torch, as in a relay race with the passing of the baton.

Inspiration can be a mysterious matter. But, perhaps if we attune our eyes to see and our ears to hear, we may then bear witness to this wondrous whirling world. Surely, we shall wave our arms, jump and shout for the amazing grace, which is all about!

In the words of Van Morrison’s song, Ballerina, “Grab it, catch it! Fly it, try it! Come’on, sigh it!”

Japanese Haiku: (author unknown)

Mentors inspire 

Such as the dragonflies do 

Hope whispered so true 

As it goes with all of us, the culmination of our life experiences are actually the production of us in the making.

So, Ta-Da, meet Laura Burdo / The Pilates Preacher!

I aspire to inspire you!

INSPIRATION TO PERSPIRATION AND BEYOND!

“Every moment of our lives can be the beginning of great things.” Joseph Pilates

TOP TEN TIPS – FROM TOP SPORTS PSYCHOLOGISTS

Want to know how you can use sports psychology and mental training to reach your health, fitness and sports goals faster, easier, and get the results you want?

Here is a compilation of some top mindset tips to help you build new motivation, confidence and major breakthroughs in your fitness, your training and in your life.

10. Positive Images: When your are exercising, use your positive mental images throughout your workout to create feelings of speed and power. (e.g., If you’re walking or running and you come to an unexpected hill visualize a magnet pulling you effortlessly to the top). Use visualization before, during and after your training to build confidence and new motivation.

9. Power Words: Make positive self-statements continually. Negative thinking is common; everyone has an inner critic. Become aware of these thoughts early on. Don’t fight with them; simply acknowledge their presence, and then substitute positive power words. (e.g., When you’re thinking: “This hurts too much, I want to lay down and die”; say to yourself: “This feeling is connected with getting healthier and doing my absolute best.”)

8. Present Focus: Practice being in the present moment. Remind yourself to stay in the here and now. Instead of replaying past mistakes, or worrying about the future, let past and future events fade into the background. Be right on, right here, right now.

7. Advantage: Use everything in your workout to your advantage. For example, if another person passes you, tuck in behind and go with his or her energy for as long as possible. You may catch a “second wind” and be carried on to a personal record.

6. Chunking Goals: Focus on your immediate target. Break your training goals down into small, manageable pieces and begin to focus only on the first portion, not the entire workout (e.g., Say to yourself: “I’m just relaxing and getting my rhythm during the first part, or the first workout session”).

5. Body Scan: Pay close attention to your tension level and training form. Do a body scan while working out and relax your tight muscles frequently. Ask yourself: “Are my shoulders and neck relaxed; how does this pace feel; how much energy is left in my legs?”

4. Pain as Effort: If you have “good pain,” the pain of effort, that is not seriously damaging your body, just shift attention to your breathing or cadence of movement, and let the discomfort fade into the background. You can also use the pain as feedback. Register it not as pain but as effort level. Say: “Now I know exactly how hard I’m working. I know how this pace feels. My body is doing what it should be doing.”

3. Detach From Outcome: Look only at what you need to do right now (e.g., your pace, your breathing, your concentration); your final time, place, or score will take care of itself.

2. Focused Attention: Be aware of distractions. Breathe out unwanted thoughts with your next exhale and re-focus your attention instantly on what is important right now, at this moment.

1. Celebration: Enjoy and appreciate your fitness and strength. When you exercise, relax and let your body do what you’ve trained it to do. Remember that your goals are to be realistic, so all you need do is to perform up to your capabilities.

THOUGHTS ON MOVING ON

LOVINGKINDNESS

When a ship sails ’round the bend

It’s not gone, it’s only out of sight

When a bird takes flight

It’s not gone, it’s out flying in the light

When the sun sets and out comes the moon

It’s not gone, it’s returning soon

When joy ebbs and weeping flows

It’s not gone, for Lovingkindness knows

“Steadfast love and it’s mercies are fresh every morning.” Lamentations 3:22

“Remember to judge your success by what you had to give up to acheive it.” Dalai Lama

“The bird does not take flight until it lets go of the branch.”