The Journey Continues… Float 5

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The Journey Continues… Float 5

During the past few months I have gained a lot of things out of floating at True Rest. I have gained confidence in myself. I have noticed a positive change in my cognitive thought process. And I have had great success with meditations.

The float Chamber

The float Chamber

I have noticed my confidence level has raised. I do not second guess myself as much. I do not care as much for what others think of me. And I feel stronger and am proud of the women I am today.

As for the cognitive changes. I have noticed that I make better, sounder decisions. My impulsivity has dropped. My ability to pay attention to things has improved.

I have always meditated, but adding meditation to the float pod experiences, truly enhances the whole meditation experience. I am able to go deeper into meditations. I am able to return to sacred spaces at ease. And I have been successful with various meditation modalities.

Great things come from the float pods. Very magical experiences indeed. I am always looking forward to my next float… the possibilities are endless

Float pod1

Until next time… Peace be with You…

The Journey Continues…Float 4…

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For most people they do not grow up with the plans of becoming addicts. It is not as if one day they wake up and say, “Oh hey I think I’m gonna become addicted to something so that all my thoughts, actions and behaviors orbit this one obsession…” No that is not how it is. For most addicts there is something that triggers drug addiction. It can be anything from disturbance in family life, school, peer pressure, traumas, predisposition, environmental factors etc.

It is vital for an addict to understand where their addictions arose. If an addict wants half a chance to remain abstinent from their drug of choice, they must come to terms with their inner demons. Coming to terms with inner demons is not a “Cure-all”. It simply is one of the many tools an addict may utilize to remain clean.

In order to become healthy and remain sober an addict must acknowledge the past. Accept and forgive choices and mistakes made. This includes people in their lives and is one of the steps to the 12-step program of A.A. The addict is forever in a state of metamorphasizing. Similar to how the caterpillar goes through several stages to become a butterfly, the addict must relearn how to live. An addict changes themselves entirely, their morals, values, belief systems, how they view the world, how they live, breath, eat, drink, the people they choose to surround their selves with etc. Typically this happens at the beginning, during addiction and in the recovery process.

Recognizing triggers, acknowledging traumas and embracing pains are some of the inner demons I am referring to. These are also some of the inner demons I am currently working on coming to terms with. I have practiced many things to understand, accept or relive my traumas. Some of these worked and some of these didn’t. Therefore in this float I will try a meditation technique I learned in one of Jere Friedmans Gong baths. This technique is known as Holoenergetic Healing.

What I will do is visualize myself in 4 stages of life (typically it is 3 but I felt more comfortable with four).

1-My inner child

2-My teen self

3-My young adult self

4-The recovered self after the age of 25

In the meditation I will envision all 4 selves standing in front of myself. I will attempt to remember, relive and work through all of the traumas. I will whole-heartedly feel how I felt in each stage of life, during each trauma and in each memory. I will then forgive each self and tell them that they were not at fault and that they can forgive themselves for all that they went through. Finally I will hug each self and ask them to let go of the pains, self doubts and fears.

meditation

Wow that was incredible that was one of the most powerful meditations I have experienced. I disappeared from this world, from everything that keeps one grounded to this plane of existence. In the middle of the float I awoke in another world, surrounded by bright warm light. I felt so at peace & so much Love

As I breathed out the pains of each self I literally felt the negative energy being released through each appendage. It felt as though waves of energy & light shot like lightening bolts from my being… It couldn’t have been more perfecting timing as the music kicked in to cue me the float was almost over, I was hugging myself and bidding them farewell. I felt so much peace as I watched each self turn around & disappear into the forest.

Powerful

Restorative

Insightful

Healing

Until next time… Peace be with You…

Holiday Turkeys

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My son & I were board so we decided to do a couple art projects. He asked to make a turkey so I got to work collecting items to make a couple cute turkeys. This project only took maybe 10 minutes from start to finish.

First I collected the items we needed:

Turkey check list...

Turkey check list…

And then I cut out the shapes for the turkeys & the squares for the turkeys tails.

He was playing with his legos at the time so I asked him to bring one to the table and we used it as a stamper. That was his favorite part of the project. He liked placing the squares on the dots of glue I laid for him, but most of all the stamping got him the most excited.

Here is what the finished projects looked like. Again it only took a moments to create & now he is running around the house gobbling like a turkey and flying his new friend around…

Finished Holiday Turkey projects...

Finished Holiday Turkey projects…

Ghost Costume for the Little One’s…

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Okay so when I was a child I remember my mom dressed me up in the cutest ghost costume decorated in ghosts & pumpkins. I loved this costume. This year when I was brain storming ideas for my sons Halloween costume, I decided to recreate my very own costume from scratch.

These are the tools I needed:

White sheet
White thread
Sewing machine
Tape measure
Pencil
String
Acrylic paints
Paint brushes
Glow in the dark glitter

The costume was fairly easy to create. As all I needed to do was cut out a large circle, a small circle, attach a hood & paint the creatures on. Since I wanted a large circle, the best way to do this was to fold the sheet in half, draw a half circle and cut it out.

Fold the sheet in half

Fold the sheet in half

To ensure the circle was symmetrical I took a piece of string for the length I thought was appropriate for my son & tied it to a pencil(similar to a protractor). I then pinned the string to the center of the sheet & went around making a half circle.

After cutting out the half circle I measured a one inch seam allowance around the edges.

One inch seam allowance

One inch seam allowance

After those were made I cut out an opening for the neck. Again I followed the same instructions with the string & pencil and in the center of the fabric(while it was still folded) I drew a half circle and cut it out(make sure the half circle is one inch smaller than intended to make the alterations for the 1 inch seam allowance).

Small hole for next with 1inch seam allowance.

Small hole for neck with 1inch seam allowance.

Next I ironed the seam allowances to ensure even sewing. Making sure to fold in the raw edges so the seams were fray-free.

To make the hood I simply cut out a rectangle, folded in half & sewed all the edges. I then sewed the top of the hood(or one of the short ends). I then basted the hood & the main piece, synching each piece together for a light ruffly look. Then I sewed the hood to the cape making sure the right side of the main piece was facing up & the wrong side of the hood was facing up(this ensures the seams are are the inside of the costume.

Great now that the costume has been sewn all I needed to do was create the stencils for the characters & paint on them on.

Hand drawn templates to stencil on

Hand drawn templates to stencil on

To stencil these onto the costume make sure the lines of the stencil are drawn on hard with a pencil. Then flip them over & place them onto the selected area of the costume. I wanted the characters to be on the bottom of the costume just like mine was. Then simply rub them on the fabric & the stencil should transfer over.

Once that was completed I painted in the characters.

Creation of ghosts

Creation of ghosts

Creation of painted characters

Creation of painted characters

As the paint dried I sprinkled glow in the dark glitter where I wanted it. Voila the cutest ghost costume for a little one. And the best part is I only spent $3-5 5 dollars on the entire costume.

And the project is finished! So easy, so fun...

And the project is finished! So easy, so fun…

We had so much fun in the costume my heart melted…

How cute is this costume!?!

How cute is this costume!?!

Running ghost

Running ghost

The Journey Continues-Float3

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This week my focus is on vulnerability. I want to discuss this as vulnerability affects everyone. According to merriam-websters dictionary the definition of vulnerable is; capable of being physically or emotionally wounded or being open to attack or damage : assailable. To me being vulnerable means allowing yourself to be open, unguarded, showing ourselves completely to the world without the fears of being judged, rejected or  chastised for our beliefs. How is vulnerability and the float pods related. Well for one, when you are in the float pod you are lying naked, exposed to the world. Two your mind is vulnerable to the silence, the cosmos and to our deepest thoughts. Three your senses are vulnerable to everything, as there is hardly anytime that we are surrounded in complete silence.

Throughout the years and with all of the things I have been exposed to I have taught myself to safe-guard myself from the world, making sure that when I am vulnerable I can be kept safe by keeping my guard up at all times. In the past few years it has been a struggle to accept the fact that I do not need to keep my guard up, that it is okay to be vulnerable. Being vulnerable is part of being human, in fact I think it is essential for human beings to be vulnerable this shows the world that are truly human.

Being vulnerable also means binge completely honest with ourselves. The float pods are a great way to explore ourselves, as in the pods we have nothing other than our nakedness, our own thoughts and the truth of what is. The float pods allow us to be completely vulnerable to what is, what has been and what could be.

I want to give thanks to the float pods for reserving a special spot for me to allow myself to be completely vulnerable & utterly exposed to the world…

Until next time Peace be with You…