Blog written by Float SNJ employee/Yoga instructor, Meghan Aya Letts.
“When you sit in silence long enough, you learn that silence has a motion. It glides over you without shape or form, exactly like water...And silence has a sound you hear only after hours of wading inside it. The sound is soft, like flute notes rising up.” -Anne Spollen, The Shape of Water
Like water, humans take shape and merge into their containers. We are what we pay attention to. We are our environment. The way we choose to take care of our body, mind, and spirit has impact. It’s in the silence of solitude that our bodies can reach a state of harmony and our minds can quiet to a state of equilibrium. Floating is the gateway needed to realign the body and mind to a baseline state of tranquility and awareness.
I am new to floating. The rooms I have experienced are very unique from one another and both equally as healing and beneficial. Your own individual experience will differ based on the theme of your room, your own perspective, and floating experience.
Water World was my first floating experience.
In Water World I felt like a curious and playful child. I was actively exploring the ripples of the water, to the sensations, and lack of sensations, in the dark still quiet room. I swayed my arms and torso side to side in the tank, exploring each movement. In the quietness I could trace the neurons of my brain firing through my limbs telling them to move, even the tiniest of movements. I envisioned myself dancing in the spacious sky above the Himalayas. I felt like I was floating in the heavens. Serenity within the clouds. What I found was most profound is the ripple effect. The smallest movement creates a ongoing ripple in the heavy salt water. For minutes after you can still feel the subtle effects of movements. It gave a tangible experience to the fact that every action we do creates a ripple effect throughout our environment and affects all that are around. I carry this lesson with me day to day now. I notice how I move about a room, I notice how I speak and the tone that I use, I notice how I use touch, and remain conscious to the effect I have in my community and surrounding environment.
The Zen Temple was a whole other experience.
It begin with a journey to the doors of the Zen Temple room where Buddha awaits you as you enter into a space that feels like a jungle temple hideaway. Open the sliding float tank door and greeted with a room that resembles the realm of the cosmos. The float tank floor is artfully designed with a quartz crystal Om. Floating above the quartz crystal is naturally calming and healing to the body.
As soon as I turned the lights and music off I pushed off the wall into the spaciousness. I felt like I was an astronaut pushing off into space. I immediately settled into the stillness. I felt a quality of heavy relaxation, that feeling when the body feels like it is melting, sinking, merging into the float. There was no separation to the end and beginning of where my skin met the water. What I discovered was a feeling of comfort and being held. My sense of calmness allowed my skin to soften, my muscles release, my bones relax, and I imagine even the cells of my body were able to take a deep exhale in relaxation and gratitude for the time to rejuvenate. The only sound to be heard was the beating rhythm of my heart. The thoughts within my mind came to a point total quietness as normal everyday worldly concerns vanished.This experience is one of ultimate peacefulness and stillness. The name of this room is accurate- to zen out; to enter a blissfully contemplative state of stillness.
The after effects of both rooms left me feeling a state of inner serenity that I can carry with me throughout the day.
I notice my senses are sharper and more in tune with the natural environment. I feel rested on a deep cellular level. The float allowed my body to do what the body naturally wants; to heal in order to feel a greater sense of purpose and joy in all that this life has to offer.
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