ImproveYourHabits #12 – Sierra Gierlich
If you ever wondered what a float tank was, listen to this. Sierra Gierlich currently is in her last year at UWM. Also, one of Sierra’s short stories has recently been published in a literary magazine.
In this episode we talk about:
– Sierra’s float experience (written form down below)
– Cultural dogmas
– And More!
My Float Experience written by Sierra Gierlich
It feels like you’re trapped under a pool cover and can’t get out—yeah.
That was one of the initial things that came to mind within the first few minutes of my float experience.
I am happy to announce that after my hour of floating in a pod filled with 900 lbs. of dissolved Epsom salts, my opinion on the sensory deprivation tank became a lot less dramatic.
If you listened to the podcast you heard Robbie and I talk about the feelings we experienced during the float, both physically and mentally. From the feelings of being practically weightless, all the way to my irrational fear of losing all sense of time and being stuck in the pod forever because I still think it’s the first hour.
It was an interesting conversation.
This post is merely an extension of the podcast with some things I would suggest you keep in mind before partaking in your next (or first) float.
Go in with no preconceived notions.
By this I mean don’t go in expecting it to be just like another person’s experience. You’re not destined to have an epiphany or feel so calm that you fall asleep. Go in expecting nothing more than a new adventure and some you-time.
At first, I didn’t feel calm whatsoever. In fact, I was feeling a little trapped and pretty fricken anxious.
I kept thinking about how I’ve heard of people falling asleep or hallucinating during their floats.
So instead of feeling at ease, I was freaking out and overthinking the whole situation.
Am I doing this wrong?
Should I be feeling relaxed?
Should I be doing something differently?
These thoughts were consuming my float and hindering my experience. Keep in mind that everyone handles things differently and just enjoy your own personal journey.
Let your thoughts flow organically.
I kept trying to force myself to think about certain situations I needed clarity on, but it wasn’t working. My mind didn’t want too.
Thoughts can be overpowering, distracting and overwhelming. That doesn’t mean you have to stop them from coming, but rather let them pass and not give them as much attention.
Once I started listening to the sounds of my body and the way it was feeling was when I truly gave into the experience. I stopped trying to focus on specific thoughts and just let my mind go without giving it any real direction.
What came, was nothing.
It was blank.
No thoughts were screaming for attention, just silence.
That sort of complete silence within my head was something I had never felt before. I was finally relaxed and at peace with my body and mind.
After your float, take a few moments to really hone in on how your body feels.
Personally, after my float I felt an extreme calmness. It felt like a burden had been completely lifted off my shoulders.
And no—I didn’t resolve any issues, I didn’t have some crazy epiphany about my life, I just found a little peace amidst the chaos. I focused my energy on how my body felt and let the thoughts flow naturally and without any stress or focus.
If you’re thinking about floating and having your first sensory deprivation experience, I say do it!
Give yourself some time to be at rest and let your mind flow.
To learn more reach out to Sierra Gierlich on the Gram.
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Today is a Good Day to #ImproveYourHabits