What is floating?
If you’re reading this you probably already know, or at the very least, have a vague idea; perhaps you’ve seen a film on it or maybe even experienced sensory deprivation chambers. But do we really know what the benefits of floating are? I mean the true benefits from doing something regularly? One does not simply go for a single run and stop, feeling satisfied from the positive energy that results.
The true benefits of exercise really come after months of routine and commitment. What would happen if you floated with such regularity? What would happen to our body? What would happen to our mind?
I have been floating off and on for the last 5 years. But it has only been on a regular weekly basis since April 2012. It has been almost a year now and my life has transformed so drastically I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to reflect on what floating has done for so far. This month I will share with you one of the greatest personal benefits that I have only started to experience and understand since floating regularly.
For those who do not know, while floating you entering a space that is blissful, peaceful, where there are no distractions from the outside world. Like meditation, it provides a unique environment that allows for extreme relaxation and personal growth. By entering the tank and lying there with absolutely no distractions, I’m able to quickly take notice of my thought patterns. The thought patterns that run through our minds daily can be labeled as ‘programs’; these programs operate continuously for most of society on an unconscious level all day every day. Programs are the result of media, social communication tools, advertisements and anything else that is designed to engage your subconscious. Think of the amount of information that is packed into a music video for example, hundreds of images and frames situated in a 3-minute clip, all of which is designed to engage your mind. These thought programs can be viewed as similar to a movie reel, and once in your mind they can play over and over again, sometimes for years, sometimes without your ability to control the feelings that you associate with them.
With no distractions in the tank, I’m able to easily sift through these thoughts and take notice to the ones that arise more often. This third party awareness of my thoughts is like hearing my internal voice (the Ego) or viewing this film real for the first time. Like thinking outside the box, imagine assessing your life this same way, but outside your consciousness. By giving these thoughts attention, it dissolves stresses immediately in that moment, like shining light on darkness.
Floating is an easy way for anyone to step back and look at their fears, anxieties and depressions that have sporadically run through their mind for years. But it does so from a different perspective. The ego is very skilled at pulling our attention from the present moment to past or potential future events, and floating allows us to let these thoughts go. Floating on a regular basis has enabled me to catch my thought patterns when they are running wild and bring my attention back to the present moment, a peaceful relaxed state, even when I am not floating now. To live in this state is to live without fears or depression, being only conscious of what is happening in the present moment.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear