“Hyperactivity and love of noise and chatter characterize our age…One of the most powerful means of overcoming the externalization of life is to find support in prayer and meditation.” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen
While we rightfully strive to care for the body and mind, we must always remember that the health of the soul is the most important. Scripture tells us, “Train yourself for devotion, for, while physical training is of limited value, devotion is valuable in every respect, since it holds a promise of life both for the present and for the future” (1 Tm 4:7-8). To nourish the soul, Pietra Fitness incorporates prayer and meditation in the Catholic tradition. We begin and end each class with the Sign of the Cross, making the whole hour a prayer and an offering to God. Guided by St. Paul’s exhortation to focus on that which is true, honorable, just, and pure (Phil. 4:8), a particular theme is provided for each workout (i.e. Healing, Joyfulness, Peace, Living in the Present Moment, Trust, etc.). The theme is supported by scripture and a couple of short meditations during long stretches. A very unique aspect of Pietra Fitness is our emphasis on bodily prayer. Bodily prayer is simply using your body in a way that allows your entire person to be immersed in the action of loving and adoring God. Near the end of each class, time is given to reflect on the meditation while letting the body completely rest and relax. Every Pietra Fitness class offers an opportunity to love, thank, and seek help from Our Lord. The goal is to leave class knowing you are loved by and connected to God – an experience that is truly good for the soul.
Want to know more about Christian meditation? Watch a video by Dan Burke (founder of Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction, rcspiritualdirection.com) and Father John Bartunek discussing what true Christian meditation is.