this past weekend a friend invited me to go float in deprivation tank. neither one of us had done it before so we were up for the adventure and a little overnite stay in portland. we went to the float shoppe , run by a lovely + passionate couple. i have been asked by lots of people about being fearful, it may bring up issues for some, those dealing with claustraphobia or the thought of being alone with yourself and your thoughts for 1.5 hrs but for me none of those things were on the forefront of my mind. i was happy to get some space + time all to myself, how many times in our lives do we dedicate time for just that? this was my experience:
it was so relaxing, like getting a massage, taking a nap + having a silent meditation all rolled into one. i had no concept of time, i could only focus on my body, my breath + the sounds of my internal workings. after about the first 10-15 i began to hear popping and cracking sounds coming from what i first thought were my sinuses and then soon realized were my cranial plates adjusting and aligning, they were free to move into place without having the pressure or stress of gravity weighing them down. my brain now had the space it needed to relax and ooze into its natural state. i passed through several different surges of energy and mind chatter before falling into a deep and peaceful meditation, my breath was immediately square, my body was totally weightless. being able to strip down all the layers, sounds, and visuals allowed me to be able to hear my inner voice. what i experienced was reflective, personal; nothing too woo woo or metaphysical, just another modality to give clarity, allow breath, relax and to be present with myself. some people enter with intention or questions, i entered with a clear mind so that whatever rose or came up did so on its own and without preconceived notions. i exited my warm cocoon feeling refreshed, hyper sensitive to the world around me, clearer + totally relaxed. i spent the next 2 hours waiting for my friend to finish her float all while chatting with the sweet owner who also offered me some very dear insight…and a warm cup of tea + tincture. i will definitely do it again + take dave along for a float as well. i highly recommend it!!