“Silence is a true friend who never betrays.” – Confucius
Mediation is familiar to me. Since the beginning of this year, I began to do it regularly and watched in amazement as my world started to change. Suddenly I was no longer a prisoner to my thoughts. I became a witness. I calmly watched the stream of my not so calm thoughts, darting from one place to another, my mind working fiercely to get an emotional reaction out of me. But meditation has taught me that there is no point to react to my thoughts, they are but simply thoughts. I learned that what was the most important thing was how I feel, and as long as I feel good I am on the right path. That path lead me straight to iSofloat, literally. I drive by the building everyday on my usual route as I go to school nearby. It caught my eye, but not by chance, I didn’t know at the time but it was very much supposed to be apart of my life. A quick Google search informed me that iSofloat is a flotation therapy spa. I had never heard of that before. As a scorpio I have to know everything about whatever it is I’m interested in, so I had a grand time researching my new found treasure. What I found out was that flotation therapy is something that has the potential to be life changing.
When you float, you are enclosed in a large tank, laying in 10 inches of water with 1100Lbs of medical grade epsom salt diluted into it. There are no sights and no sounds, and after a bit of time, the feeling of the water dissipates and you achieve a sense of weightlessness, almost as if you have no body at all. When the senses are deprived, the left hemisphere of your brain, the one that’s responsible for all those chaotic thoughts, shuts down. Your right hemisphere, the realm of your subconscious mind, comes fully into play. The only other time this is done is while you are asleep. Floating is the only way to consciously enter into this deeply relaxed state. The brain experiences what is called Delta frequency, also known as the deep sleep frequency. Delta frequency is the gateway to the universal mind and the collective conscious, where information that is otherwise unavailable to you is received. Profound realizations and new found introspection occur. This ‘deep sleep’ wave is essential to the healing process, both mentally and physically.
The first time I got to float was an outstanding experience. At first, the silence is a bit intimidating. My mind took off in every direction: past, present, and future. I got ahold of myself and focused on my breathing. It didn’t take long for my body to surrender and relax. I pictured a bright light at the center of my being. I only felt peace, it seemed as though every moment of my life up until then didn’t matter. Every worry I ever thought I had didn’t matter. This state of relaxation made me feel confident, because I was able to let go of emotions I so strongly thought I had to hold on to. I drifted in and out of sleep and was able to easily control my thoughts, so I took the opportunity to flood my subconscious mind with positivity and love. A smile creeped across my lips, I felt euphoric. It was the quickest 60 minutes of my life, I can understand why people like to spend the night in the tanks. As I exited I felt completely rejuvenated, as if I had hit the reset button on my entire being.
There are countless benefits to floating, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Regardless of who you are, you will experience something unique in so many ways. As with meditation, the more you float the more acclimated you become to the benefits. You’re happier, you sleep better, and things just don’t seem to get to you as much as they once did. Life’s ‘problems’ don’t really seem much like problems anymore, you begin to focus more on finding solutions and having fun along the way. You’ll find that nothing is worth feeling bad, even for a moment. You begin to live life second to second, appreciating all of its quarks and contrasts, and fully immersing yourself in its deliciousness.