Mind in Bloom
11 x 14
: Floating is liberation. During my first float, I fell into a deep restorative rest, unlike anything I had experienced before. I was able to let go of my body and my find soon followed. My thoughts were able to wander freely without concern of bearing my physical weight. As a dancer, cyclist, and active community member, my body is constantly taking a beating, but during my float, I was encouraged to release that ever-present tension. Once I gave myself away to the warm support of the water, my breathing slowed and began to deepen and after 15 minutes or so (sense of time is lost) my mind went blank, then the float was over. Going into that first session I was not sure what to expect, so I just gave myself away and embraced the experience. My second and third sessions were different because I had an idea of what I wanted to explore. I still went with the “flow” but gently steered my focus toward breathing, muscle pain and tension, and even the sound of my heartbeat. In our daily lives, we are inundated with so many stimuli that we don’t take the time to think about how it makes us feel. When floating in total darkness though, all that we ignore begins to reveal itself. After all three sessions, I was compelled to sit in silence and write down everything I could recall and anything that came to mind. I felt like I could be honest with myself and not hold back thoughts I would otherwise avoid. I have since carried that freedom forward into my work and everyday interactions. Everyone deserves the opportunity to let go and reflect so I highly recommend everyone float.