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After a Two Week Hiatus I Get Back in the Float Tank

Sometimes life gets away from us, we get too busy, or too distracted or something unexpected happens that shakes up our usual routines. Recently, I inadvertently took two weeks off of floating and I was eager to get back in the tank.  I had been meditating daily outside the tank, but my body was achy and looking forward to physical benefits that go along with floating. Here is my float story... 

I stepped into the float room and did my initial float tank limbo to keep my chest and belly from submerging. I leaned back and as always the water perfectly embraced my body. I slowly swayed back and forth for a few minutes occasionally tapping the walls with a finger or a toe as the waves from my entry dissipated. I drew my attention to my breath and strength of my heartbeat. I felt my heart reverberating in my chest cavity generating tiny waves of water around my rib cage with each thump.

I stayed with my breath and gradually sensations arose all over my body. I mentally scanned from the crown of my head through my toes. I noted sharp shooting pains from my right shoulder, deep rumblings from my intestines and powerful vibrations from all 10 toes. I am grateful for my Vipassana meditation practice, it has trained me to observe all these sensations, but to remain as equanimous as possible.  These strong sensations gradually give way to more subtle ones. Eventually, my breath slowed and I drifted away. I feel like I have left my human avatar for the universe of vibration and energy. Ah... I feel at home.

Photo Credit: Leslie Hero, FloatOn Artist Program

Photo Credit: Leslie Hero, FloatOn Artist Program

Some unknown length of time passed in this in-between state when suddenly fear jolted through my entire body. My heart raced and I began breathing quite heavily. I felt as if I was a bunny being chased by a pack of ravenous wolves.There are jarring flashes of light vivid that I began to question whether or not I was still alone in the float tank. I managed to settle back, thinking of the advice we often give to floaters when anxiety surfaces. 

BE WITH IT. OBSERVE IT.  STUDY HOW IT RISES AND OBSERVE HOW IT WILL PASS AWAY. 

I was restless and struggled to return to my peaceful state. Eventually, the anxious sensations dissipated, my breath slowed and returned to a deep state of peace from being with my own nothingness, then... beep, Beep, BEEP!

My meditation session had ended and it was time to me to reenter the world little lighter, calmer and wiser than before.  For me, every float is an opportunity to learn and grow, to release some baggage, to appreciate the impermanent nature of the universe and the impermanent nature of ourselves. One only needs to be quiet and still enough to observe it.

-Lindsay Reinhardt, Anicca Float Club, Inc. 2016 ©

 

Lindsay is the Co-owner/Operator of Anicca Float Club with her husband Paul Feyer.  When she is not floating she can be found running around the Float Club, laughing like a hyena, riding her bicycle, eating scrumptious vegetarian food and striking random yoga poses. 

Be Silent. Be Still. The Most Important Thing to Go Deeper During Your Floatation Therapy Sessions.

SHHH..... Floats in progress!

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.

-Lindsay Reinhardt, Anicca Float Club, Inc. 2016 ©