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…

The Journey continues-Float 2

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Today my intentions are to focus on slowing my thoughts down and to gain insight on what’s most important. I will also try to let go of unwanted & negative emotions by meditating on the negative thoughts that I am having & then envisioning releasing them into space.

I will drive to the spa listening to Shannon days cd.

I ate about an hour before the float.

My mood is not elevated. I have been feeling a little subdued. I am somber today but am I not having any particularly negative thoughts. My anxiety is slightly elevated I know this because my heart rate is elevated, I am running hot & I am slightly nervous. However I am excited to float again.

In addiction the addict tends to seek short term relief instead of long term relief. The longer an addict remains abstinent of chemicals their drive moves from seeking short term relief to long term relief. The float pods have enhanced my desire to seek out long term relief. As a quick fix is only that, “a quick fix” which does not help in long term recovery.

Upon exiting the float pod I felt the following:

Restorative

Rejuvenated

Refreshed

My muscles are not as sore as they were upon entering the pod.

Ideas swarmed my head as to business ideas and gardening tips. I began to think about all the other people who had floated in the pod, the energies they left behind them and the energies they took with them. In this life many people take for granted how energy plays a role in the world. Particularly the energies we take & we give to this world and to those who inhabit this world. I thought of how everything flows in a circular motion. Many teachings out there teach that the world runs on a linear fashion, this is not the case. Everything, every action, every deed every source of energy comes back to the space where it began. It may take a long time but eventually it all comes back around. Today I try to focus on finding synergy in all things.

In this float I thought of a book I once read by Carlos Castaneda and how it is possible to find your chi spot for mediations and such.It’s amazing how finding just the right spot can make it that much easier for this type of work to accelerate. The float pod is a medium for me to find my chi spot, to be able to relax, let go and just be.

Until next time Peace be with You…

True Rest Float Float Spa… The Journey Begins…

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My Journey begins to conduct floats at True Rest Float Spa to enhance my recovery from addictions & help reduce my developmental PTSD. Let me tell you about my sense. These are the things that we smell, taste, touch, hear & feel in general round us. I enter into the float tank to find my center, to create a balance & to become more aware of my parasympathetic system-pretty big word parasympathetic system, let me briefly explain.

Parasympathetic System is 1 of 3 of our autonomic nervous systems. It is responsible for the slowing of our heart rate, the increase of intestinal & gland activity and is responsible for our”Fight or Flight” response.

We all have this “Fight or Flight” response, this is what makes us fight or freeze when something dramatic happens to us. Freeze is not a life saving instinct & I am what you would call a fighter so my natural instinct is to “Fight”. The floats have & will continue to help control this instinct and allow me to slow down my reactions in certain situations. As with any addict, we react more than we freeze!

Doing the floats at True rest have been very invigorating, revitalizing and an awakening experience. But doing a float is much more than just than getting undressed, opening the chamber door, and floating for an hour or two—hoping for something to happen…

Floats are much more than that! You have to be prepared for the float if you want to get a worthy experience. The floats are also known as A “Sensory deprivation tank”. That means that all of your  senses will be deprived once you enter the chamber. In the army soldiers are trained to be a Prisoner of War by entering sensory deprivation tanks. This teaches them how to act, react and what to expect for if and when they become a prisoner of war. Many  soldiers think that it will be a piece of cake and expect that it will be easy. When in fact this is generally not the case. Soldiers freak out, cry, become emotional with things on their mind, because they were not expecting to be in complete control of all their senses. Therefore before I enter the chamber I prepare myself for all my senses to be deprived.These are a few things I have learned from my past 4 floats that I need to prepare for:

1-Have some personal time before the float to think about what I will be focusing on.Go in with an intention in mind.

2-Do not have too high expectations.

3-Do not engage in any hostile experiences right before a float.

4-Wear ear plugs-otherwise I keep thinking about the water getting in my ears as they tend to pop or fill with water. If the spa you go to does not provide them I suggest you purchase some wax ones & keep them!

5-I like to journal before and after my float as a guide to what I experienced and as a reference to future floats.

Welcome to my journey, my hand is out stretched to you. I enter the float tank alone, as do all of you but if you find reading this before you do your floats, know that I am right there with you… so until next time… Peace be with you…