Whether we’re aware of it or not, we’re often being pulled by something – either a feeling of general anxiety, flashes from the past, or hopes for the future.
Most of us have become so used to this state of being, that we’ve forgotten what it’s like to live without this underlying sense of worry.
Floating in a pool of magnesium-saturated water, inside a large car-sized tank, untethered from the world – sounds, sights, subdued – could be one of your pathways to peace.
“The irony of sensory deprivation tanks is that in order to think outside the box, you must first go inside one.” ― Ryan Lilly
Most of us don’t manage our stress well
Reading a spiritual book can help us see new sides to life. Meditation can help us achieve a state of presence. But the benefits of these experiences are subtle; compounding over a longer period.
The commonly idolised quick-fix doesn’t seem to exist when it comes to having peace of mind. And the truth is, it doesn’t. It takes patience, a growth mindset, and self-awareness to better our internal states.
But after experiencing floatation, I can safely say that it might be one of the most compelling modern day tools to shift our perspectives for the better, helping us see our problems and blind spots in a new light.
The modern world has too much noise
The modern world is full of distractions, and with that comes a never ending bombardment of hyper-stimulation. All of this internal and external noise, compounded by the endless list of tasks we have on our minds, can often take up a significant chunk of our lives. If we don’t manage this noise, we can slowly get swept away by it.
There are endless examples of people who’ve had wealth and fame, and yet are still desperately unhappy. In essence, we can’t enjoy the ride of life, and achieve what we want, if we’re constantly at the mercy of our emotions and inner struggles. That’s where floatation can help. It allows us to see ourselves, and the world, with a little more objectivity; enabling us to experience peace of mind and a greater sense of clarity.
My first glimpse into floatation
Once I was finally in the tank for the first time, I found myself moving around a little more than I would’ve liked. I tried my best to relax my breathing, but I was almost trying too hard – and I got a glimpse into just how chaotic my inner world was.
Yet slowly, I adjusted.
My thoughts slowed down, as I let go a little more. Looking back at that first float now, though, I feel as if I didn’t completely relax. Regardless, my experience after leaving the tank was remarkable. The world seemed 5% brighter, and my body was a little lighter and freer.
A lot of the things that were stilted inside me had unravelled.
I smiled a bit more and began to realise just how much internal baggage I was holding onto. In that respect, my first float was incredibly liberating.
Why it may take more than once to experience the benefit
On my second visit, I was quickly able to let go more effectively, and went into a deeper state of relaxation and peace – partly, also, because I was more comfortable with my surroundings. Messages from my intuition floated in and out of my mind, and I stepped out of the tank with an almost Morpheus like sense-of-knowing.
Imagine how beautifully empowering that felt.
Because of the greater benefit I experienced from the second session; it’s fair to say that floating is just like anything else – you get better at it the more you practice it.
Why I still float
Floating allows you to access another part of your consciousness – one that’s only available during certain conditions. However esoteric that might sound, how often do we take the time to be present with ourselves?
The truth is, not often.
To this day, I continue to float, and I keep learning more about myself each time I go…
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