I’ve written several times about how I have used meditation to change my life. For me, mindfulness meditation has brought me to be able to see what is important in life and has helped me to take actionable steps to make my life what I want it to be. If you’ve seen any of my Facebook live videos or listened to any of my rants on the podcast, you may see a theme about self-awareness and self-realization come about. And for me, I credit much of this to skills that I have learned through meditation.
I’m pretty blessed to have crafted a space in my home where I can go and meditate on a daily basis. It’s quiet and gives me a sense of solitude that helps me to focus on what I want during my sessions. But, one thing that I’ve learned, is that a person can meditate pretty much anywhere and as I’ve gotten more involved in the community I’ve come across several places that have popped up specifically to help people with a space and an experience to get them to look inward.
So when I ran into Gregoree Ellis at the LIBA Buy Local Fair earlier this year and he was talking about his Weightless Float Center, I knew I had to give it a try. And wow- was it an experience! If you’ve never heard of floating meditation, you’re not the only one. Although it’s not a new practice, it’s pretty new to this area and with the rising trend of mindfulness, it is gaining in popularity as a way for people to take better care of their minds in our digital-heavy world.
Basically, ‘floating’ consists of a tank, sometimes referred to as a ‘pod’, that is filled 10″ with a heavy saltwater solution. They use Epsom salt, to the tune of 900lbs per tank. It creates a buoyancy that literally makes you float almost on the surface of the water. And the water itself is at body temperature, between 93-96 degrees, so you literally don’t feel anything. The pod has a door on it, and there are lights inside so you can keep it illuminated or turn them off. Once your in, the door is closed and the lights are off, the magic happens.
The pod is designed to be insulated from any outside sounds and light, and when the door is shut and the lights are off you cannot tell the difference when your eyes are open or shut. Time seems to stand still while you are in the pod. For me, I laid in a Shavasana, with my arms and legs stretch out. Since I was buoyant, my body was able to fully relax and decompress and I was able to focus on my breathing. At first, I was thinking that 90 minutes in this would be a bit much, but as I focused on my breathing and settled in something incredible happened. I don’t know any other way to describe it other than to say that I ‘zenned out’. The next thing I know, the music came on, signaling that the session was over.
Floating is a truly unique experience. You are able to get completely away from life and center yourself. I see this as something that could be a very beneficial addition to my routine. Just like exercising your body, this is a form of therapy or exercise for your mind. And the more you exercise it, the better it gets. I highly recommend checking out Weightless Float Center.
1 Weightless Float Center
Flotation therapy, or sometimes called R.E.S.T., involves floating in a highly concentrated Epsom salt solution (900lbs!) that is more dense than the Dead Sea. The float tank is quiet, dark, and free from distraction. The experience is profoundly relaxing for both the body and mind.