Yesterday I sat having a juice with an ex of mine from 2014. I mentioned that I had just come from a session in a float tank and that he should give it a go. Immediately he launched into a million reasons why he couldn’t and wouldn’t do it. First, he asked why do it? I said some of the benefits, but also just because it’s fun. He responded with all the other things he does for fun. I shot back that you can have many activities that you do for fun, he didn’t have to give up one of the existing activities in exchange for the float tank. He didn’t laugh, and I was reminded of one of the many reasons we don’t date. I digress.
It did, however, strike me how many people are unwilling to try new things or new activities. How easy it is to simply decide that life is one way and that’s it, leaving no room for change. I thought about it for a while, trying to uncover some possible reasons we fear change as humans. I landed on the fact that it’s safe to just do the things we know, that if we pull the thread of something it might unravel a whole new take on life that we just aren’t willing to swallow.
I LOVE to try new things, and I like to challenge myself too.
For me, the discovery of awesome things is basically half the reason I choose to keep living. I simply must try it, even if I’m no good at it. Except group dancing classes at the gym. I have tried, and I can’t get on board with tripping over myself trying to find the rhythm of the choreography. But the point is I have tried those too. To date, I always feel awful walking away from that particular activity, even though every other thing I try out I feel satisfied.
Now I really recommend trying out the float tank. I have done it twice and I would like to go back again to really get the hang of things. I have the kind of mind that has endless very animated arguments with itself. Often causing me quite a lot of anxiety and stress. I know that for me to get to the emotional equilibrium that I imagine most people wake up with, I have to go through I series of steps first. If I don’t do those things, the day can really explode very quickly. I must note that I am ok with this, I have come to terms with this as a way of life. I have begun to enjoy my process and I enjoy adding new things to it as well.
I have yet to master the art of meditation, I know this will be helpful when I do. So, in the meanwhile, I find things to help me get to that meditative state. The float tank does just this.
There are tons of interesting articles on the internet to tell you the benefits and so forth, have a google around and read.
For me the experience of being weightless exposes all the tension I am holding in my body, I consciously search my body as I float and release the spots holding on for dear life. I observe as my mind starts to slow down and if I’m clever I stop making a to-do list or plotting out possible projects I might want to do. When I become present to the activity and breathe into the experience I am able to get the inner peace I am so desperately craving.
The challenge is trusting that I am not going to sink and drown. My dad used to tell me as a kid, “relax in your slacks max your far too tense!” Not a whole lot has changed, I’m constantly looking for peace in my soul. This is an activity that brings me a glimpse of complete serenity.
I went to Pause Float Studio