The Journey Continues… Jesse James Float-1

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Hey guys by now I sure hope you have pampered yourself with a float, if not come on it’s about time that you treat yourself to some, “You-Time”. I have been floating at Jesse James Body Wellness center & I want to share with you that Jesse sure knows how to make you feel Welcome, safe & relaxed… Jesse & his team have set up a beautiful cozy little spa. The spa is complete with a Float Tank, a Naturalpathic Doctor, a massage therapists, a smoothie bar & essential oils.The Wellness Center is Centrally located in Phoenix Az on Bethany Home Rd & 16th St, right across the street from Lucy’s. Here is a link to the map.

Upon arriving at The Spa Jesse has a little sign right out front that Welcomes the “Scheduled floater”, seeing this sign sure brightened up my day…Reserved for Rose

As usual before any float I like to find some time to sit, write & reflect on my intentions for the float that day… As a re-cap my float-time is a Special time & I dedicate to myself to unwind, focus, meditate, cleanse & Just Be… Here is a short video on my thoughts & Intentions before the float this day…

For many addicts we find ourselves Quick to React to situations, questions, defending ourselves or engaging in activities that may not be good for us in the long run. This has a lot to do with our Cognitive thought process and processing the entire situation before we “React”. I find that addicts share a similar trait, we want things “Now”, we want things when we want them & there is no holding back. When at times this maybe a good trait to have it can & does get us into trouble plenty of times.

During the float I was not able to find any magic answers to my Intention that was set for the day, but what i did find was that I was able to get more intimate with myself on a Spiritual level (simply by mediating for a longer period of time) than I have in a while. In everyday life we all like to tell ourselves, I will make myself a better or more “enlightened” person by mediating on a daily basis. I will do Yoga & learn a new position today. I will not eat junk foods or sweets today. Whatever we tell ourselves may not be what actually happens even if we have true intentions to see it through. For instance I like to meditate several times a week but I do not make the time on a regular basis or for the amount of time I like to meditate (a minimum of 45 minutes). So my float time allows the time for my meditation. And Never have I regretted floating as with each float I gain something out of the experience. Here are my thoughts from right after the float…

We should never set our expectations too high, for expectations are not healthy. What will happen will happen one way or another no matter how much we may wish for a desired result or affect. The tough part is allowing ourselves to be okay with whatever the out come… For me I find it easier to accept the outcome if I can find something in the situation that is either serving me for the highest good (that way I can acknowledge it) or realizing something is not serving me in one way or another. As for the later that is not always easy to accept but when we can accept it than it is ou duty to correct the issue & do what serves us best even if it kills us emotionally, in the end letting things go that are not lifting your spirits is better than hanging onto those things that bring us down… in the end the choice is ours…

“Lower you expectation of Earth. This is not heaven, so don’t expect it to be.”

=Max Lucada=

Until Next time… Peace be with You

The Journey Continues… Float 10… Time…

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Can you categorize or put a sense of time to the things you do on a daily basis? What are the things, projects or people you dedicate most your time to… These are some of the questions that have been swimming in my brain for quite sometime now… and I have put some serious thought into how I spend my time…

Everything takes time...

Everything takes time…

As I entered the pod today I was unsure of what I was going to focus on, all I knew is that this is my special time & I will get the most out of it. As minutes past by & I got deeper into my meditation the word that popped into my head was, “Time”. Everything takes time & in life all we have is this time here on earth.

The float pods use up an hour of time, the drive here takes about 45 minutes, to get dressed & back into reality takes about 30 or so minutes & the drive home takes about 45 to 75 minutes. That is a lot of time that is dedicated to my float time. But that is okay because I highly value this time. This time in the pods is extremely restorative, helpful & enlightening. We can measure the things we care about or value by measuring the amount time we dedicate to them. Lately this has been on mind a lot, especially in friendships & relationships. See the more we value something the more Time we dedicate to them. To me if something is not worth my time then there is little value or space in my life for whatever that may be.

With this in mind I am easily able to rule out the things that are not serving me for the highest good. If a friendship is not serving me, I tend to step away this is a queue that the relationship is not serving me for the highest good. I must then re-evaluate the relationship & ask myself why I hold onto it & how it serves me. In order for us to live to our fullest potential & to do what serves us best, we must let go of the things that are not serving us for the better. Even our jobs or work are measured by the time we dedicate to them. If we hate our jobs so much, then we must evaluate why we remain there day after day. It cannot be just the paycheck because a paycheck can come from anywhere, so we might as well find a job that serves another or us in one way.

Everything takes time… Creating new life takes time, building a friendship, building a home, learning a new language even finding a true Love takes time… so it’s up to us to dedicate the time to the things that matter to us most… and to let go of the things that do not raise our spirits…

Just as with everything in life we have to keep in mind as recovering addicts that the addict goes through a process of evolution. Newly recovered addicts want to rush the process and see immediate results or feel immediate gratification in the recovery process (much like in their addictions). But this is not the case it usually takes months and even years to start feeling “normal”, whatever “Normal” is anyways. And if you were anything like me than you never knew what “normal” was in the first place because I started using at such a young age that I never got the chance to know what normal was let alone to know who I was or what I wanted, because all I knew is that I wanted to feel different  escape the pain that haunted me inside. Recovering from addiction is a long process and should not be rushed. Patience is one of the most valuable virtues to practice while in recovery. How does that saying go, “Let live & let God” this is a great saying as you have to surrender, let life takes it course & learn how to live in this world if you want to make it to the next stage, whatever that maybe.

“Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.”

=Morticia Addams=

New addicts are no different than new born babies. Instead of learning how to crawl, learning to walk, learning to eat, learning to use the potty addicts have to learn how to live life, how to build healthy relationships. The newly recovered addict has to learn how to socialize without the use of substances, they have to learn to function in a “sober” world without mind altering substances. All of this can be frightening & most likely will be, but the addict has to keep in mind that “Everything takes Time”. I cannot say this enough! Why, because it is the honest to gods truth. So to you my dear friends, if you are in recovery or have a friend who is in recovery the one thing I would like you to keep in mind is that you have to have great patience for the process to work. It’s a long, scary, frightening process but in the end it is all worth it & your life can & will be filled with so much Love, good friends and hope… So do not give up on yourself because you are worth so much more than you give yourself credit for..

Until next time… Peace be with you…

The Journey Continues… Float 8… Addiction

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The Journey Continues… Float 8… Addiction

The term addiction is described as, “A condition that results when a person ingests a substance or engages in an activity that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health.” I am not sure about you, but for me I have battled with many forms of addiction over the span of my life. Addictions come in all forms and for me I have been addicted to drugs, adrenaline rushes, shopping, cigarettes, Greys Anatomy; you know all those deeply seeded, pleasure seeking habits that we just can’t stop even if we try our best at times. Everyone of these and more(that were not named) have disabled me from performing regular daily living activities. My life and wellbeing have been compromised time & time again.

Addiction... A Downside to humanity!

Addiction… A Downside to humanity!

The main reason I wanted to start floating at True Rest and engage in the float pods, was to try and remedy some of my addictions. In the research I have done, I have learned that sensory deprivation tanks have been proven to reset the brain(via our brain waves) and the way the brain thinks all together. I consider this type of process as the cognitive thought process. In case you are unaware or simply need a refresher, “The Cognitive Approach in psychology is a relatively modern approach to human behaviour that focuses on how we think, with the belief that such thought processes affect the way in which we behave (other approaches take other factors into account, such as the biological approach, which acknowledges the influences of genetics and chemical imbalances on our behaviour).”  For me, I believe addiction was built into my physiology & biology, as I come form a long line of addicts. In addiction to biology, I was given drugs by my birth parents from birth until I was removed my home(tent) at age 4. I believe this reinforced addiction, as well as formed addiction into my personality. Then as the years moved on, I sought out drugs as a way to “unfeel” the world, the pains, the trauma and the abuse that had been imposed upon me. So yes, I too am taking accountability for my career in addiction. Over time I learned drugs did not help me “unfeel”, they only numbed me, stunted my personal growth and disabled me from evolving.

However after after 11 floats at True Rest I can honestly say that I have seen the affects of the floats on my addictions. My cognitive thought process has slowed tremendously. Since Thanks Giving, I have not had the desire to smoke cigarettes. I typically like to enjoy a glass of wine 3-4 times a week, as of lately the thought of enjoying a glass of wine has only been a few times a month(and typically in a social situation). As you can see these are hard facts that my addictions are becoming a part of the past. And I relate the diminish in addiction to the float tanks at True Rest!

My advice to you and anyone you may know that is suffering with addition, is to go to at least 4 floats & see if you notice any differences. I have no doubts in my mind that if you partake in floating, honestly do the work while you are in the floats(practice mediation, manifest your desires, shed your addictions) that floating can aid in just about any addiction in any person! This is real stuff. This is real life. And for me I choose a better, healthy quality of life for myself, for my personal evolution and for my future…

Until next time… Peace be with you…

Namaste

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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…