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Sensory enhancement (as floatation pioneer Glen Perry rightfully called it) is a powerful tool to help you achieve deeper states of meditation, explore your consciousness, work through anxieties and traumas or just relax and take an amazing power nap.
The Float center and the float equipment set the stage for you to delve into your inner verse! But and this is a big BUT... Float Room, Tank or Pod DO NOT do the work for you. The tank is simply the space that enables you to do the work on yourself.
In a time when we are pushing the limits of the human body to accomplish feats that were once considered impossible, it is easy to feel like doing NOTHING might not be necessary. But it is actually the MOST necessary thing to achieve ANYTHING.
Coming from a background in Vipassana meditation our first experience in the float tank made us realize the power of the float tank for mediation. Vipassana focuses on the interconnection of the mind and the body. In the Float Room all outside stimulation is removed. It is the PERFECT place to OBSERVE the body and mind and how one influences the other.
During 10 Day Vipassana Courses, there is something called "sitting with a strong determination". During these hour long meditation sessions one sits as still as possible regardless of the pleasant or unpleasant sensations that one may be feeling. By observing one's breath, being still and remaining equanimous (neutral) one begins a self-exploratory journey to the common root of the body and the mind.
Feeling Lost? To put it simply: WHEN THE BODY IS STILL THE MIND WILL FOLLOW. Stillness at the physical body is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING in meditation and in floating! This is the key to getting the most out of your time in the Float tank. Every movement you make in the tank gives your brain something to process that is OUTSIDE your body.
Tingling sensations? OBSERVE THEM.
Itchy sensations? OBSERVE THEM.
Warm sensations? OBSERVE THEM.
Anxieties surface? OBSERVE THEM.
Monkey Brain? OBSERVE IT!
When you realize you have the power to observe the things that happen at the physical OR mental level without reacting to them you will start to feel like you have super powers, because we ALL have this super power. You will discover new levels of self control and discipline. You will find new levels into your consciousness. You will be happier, calmer and more peaceful.
So what are you waiting for? Now you know that you have the power...
BE SILENT, BE STILL AND YOU WILL GO DEEPER.
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-Lindsay Reinhardt, Anicca Float Club, Inc. 2016 ©