You know those days where you feel fragile, where you've been stretched too far too fast and you're frantically trying to hold it all together while doing a million things, but it all breaks apart anyway? That was me last night, in tears and feeling defeated as I walked into Healing One to float. Hugs from your friends are incredibly healing, but hugs coupled with a float is the ultimate feel good prescription, I am now convinced.
One of my Float House sensory deprivation traditions, is going after a monthly therapy session. Yes I have a therapist and I have seen once a month for a year and a half. Occasionally more often if I am in more need but that was mostly at the beginning. One of the many self care activities I can finally afford since becoming a RMT.
The human experience is a fascinating thing. We are born into this world; we have no conscious choice of our parents, nor of the city or country we live in, nor the time in history in which we appear. We are born, we grow and mature, and we have experiences. Everything we are exposed to on every level of what we are, seems to affect us throughout the course of our existence. It seems that we are like these infinitely dense bio-psycho-social-spiritual sponges that absorb everything, whether we are conscious of it or not.
My floats tend to be very visual in nature. Sometimes I am overcome with waves of emotions, other times I am able to enter into a lucid dreamstate and explore the vastness of my mindscape and sometimes my mind just rants, raves and yells at itself.
I've been obsessed with sensory deprivation tanks for about a decade now. Throughout my time in university, I was lucky enough to have amazing professors who allowed me to research them as my theses, which greatly added to my theoretical knowledge of floating.
Until Float House Vancouver opened, I was only able to float sporadically, once or twice a year and more often than not, I would enhance this experience with psychedelic substances, going for extended lengths of time, inducing intense and personalized Sacred Ecstatic Experiences full of religious imagery. Now that I float on a more regular basis, I have learned how to include it as a constant practice and have seen how it has changed many aspects of my life.
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