Today I embarked on a journey..a journey into the unknown. I was on a quest for self-enlightenment, peace of mind, and ease of pain.
This was my first time venturing into the state of near zero gravity and complete darkness. For a whole hour I felt like an astronaut cut loose from the space station, floating into the cosmos.
As I stepped into the floating pod, it was like entering an alien capsule. Naked and stripped of my senses, no light, no sound, I had a liberating feeling of leaving the earth and all the noise behind...even though I was still on ground zero and never really blasted off.
Time in the floating pod seemed to stand still or not even exist as I had no reference to tell how much had passed. And it didn't matter.
Nothing to see or do. I was left with just myself and my thoughts.
And one thought that definitely crossed my mind was "I wonder what this would be like stoned?".. I will leave that for another trip.
I soon focused in on my breath and how breathing in made me rise just ever so slightly up, and breathing out, sink ever so slightly down. The feel of the waterline along my body provided yet another focal point in a world where there were few.
It was meditation in its purest form, at least for me. There are many ways to go into yourself and quiet the mind. I have a daily practice of breath work, yoga, and meditating, but the sensory depravation float tank took it to a whole new level.
I left feeling rejuvenated, calm, and yes, my aches from yesterdays workout where non-existent. Did I experience self-enlightenment? No, not quite. But it definitely did help quiet my monkey mind of unproductive thoughts bouncing around my head.
Will I do it again? That's a definite yes. The experience was so new, that it took me awhile to settle into it. I imagine the second and third time will start to feel like second nature to enter into this weird and wonderful world of weightlessness and darkness.
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