New Year’s Resolutions – yay or nay??

As the year draws to a close and we look towards the year ahead, New Year’s Resolutions are a hot topic of conversation these days.  What are your thoughts?  Do you love them, make them, and stick to them?  Or, do you fall into the category of wildly abandoning resolutions by mid-February.  I am definitely in the second category – Resolutions?  What resolutions????

External resolutions and rules just don’t work for me. Instead, I turn towards inwards for some goal setting, journalling, visualizing, and quiet reflection of the year that has passed.  To me, this practice just seems so much more sustainable and feels much gentler. It also helps me get in touch with why I am motivated to do things a bit differently.

As I review last year, so many huge learning moments come up for me.  Some learning moments that I never want to learn again (ugh) and a few that I would learn again in a heartbeat.  It was a huge year for me – both personally and professionally.  

For starters, I am so grateful to all of my float ‘family’ – you, my dear customers.  As much as I hope floating has made a positive difference in your lives, I can honestly say that your stories, comments, hugs, and messages have definitely made a wonderful difference to my life.  Thank you all for joining me on this wild ride of entrepreneurship!    So, as I visualize and plan for the upcoming year, I am definitely including the highlights from last year, with the intention to magnify all the salty goodness.

As far as the lessons I never wish to learn again (and there are some huge ones) I give thanks for the lessons, and then purposefully and firmly let them go.

I find that my float practice changes a little bit this time of year.  I always use floating to simply unplug, but my last few floats have been much more ‘processing’ floats.  The quiet gives me the space to sift and sort.  I can be much more mindful when choosing the experiences from this past year that I wish to repeat.   It is so much easier for me to visualize, feel, and yes – almost touch and taste my goals and desires.  

As far as letting go, in the quiet it is so much easier to vacuum out all the dark corners of thoughts that I no longer need – it actually felt like I did some serious house cleaning during my last float, as I felt so much lighter afterwards.  I am fairly new to journalling, but the words come so easy to me after floating.  So clear. Intentional. Raw.   I intend to re-read my notes later in the year when I feel that I am getting off-track.

So, if you are tired of resolutions that fade quickly, consider trying a different approach.  Feel free to bring your own journal to your next float, or please feel free to borrow pen and paper from us – we have lots exactly for this purpose!  Sit, enjoy some tea and make plans to make 2018 the best it can be.

“You don’t always get the float you want, but you always get the float you need”

There is a saying “You don’t always get the float you want, but you always get the float you need”. This was exactly my experience tonight.

It has been a busy few days. I’m not going to lie – it took some effort for my body and subconscious mind to convince my conscious mind that I needed a float, instead of just going home to bed. I was tired, and just wanted to sleep. What I wanted from my float was some deep physical rest so I expected that I would fall asleep almost instantly.

The minute that I laid back in the water, I became aware of the tension in my face. Almost instantly, the tension started to melt away and fall off me. Before long, my body felt lighter as I released tension that I didn’t even know that I was carrying. Soon, my mind started to clear as well. Thoughts came and went, the clutter and mind chatter were swept away.

What remained were feelings of gratitude. I was all of a sudden so full of love for my children – they are so beautiful inside and out. This week, I had some some loving and supportive conversations that I was able to fully appreciate. I fully appreciate some of the books and articles that I have come across this week with their uplifting messages. I absolutely love my customers and the stories that you share with me – you make me smile. My heart is full. This feeling is exactly what I needed tonight.

To read even more about having an attitude of gratitude, you may like our blog post HERE

Tips from the tank – Intention Setting

Over the past few months, however, I have been playing with Intention setting before my floats. Have you heard the saying “where the thought goes the energy flows”? Setting an intention before your float can help to focus your energy to one area of your body or mind that you would like to shift, change, resolve, or explore further.

What is an intention?

Intentions are the small repeatable actions that move you towards a goal and express an important value. Making a statement is essential. You can declare it to yourself and others, or it can be written and posted. Intentions are most powerful when they are shared or declared outside of your own head.

Clarity Matters

Whatever your intentions are, it’s important to be clear about what you want to achieve and how you will benefit from achieving it. Being intentional simply means placing your attention on the things that are important to you.

If you know what you want, it’s easier to focus and put all your energy into it. Intentions can help you maintain course and remind you why you want to do it and the results you desire.

Gaining clarity is important for the whole range of wants and desires. Clarity while pursuing a big goal or accomplishment can of course make that process so much easier and more successful. .

Gaining clarity on the more subtle aspects of life are arguably even more important. Being clear on your personal boundaries, dreams for the future, both sides of an argument and what brings you joy can change your life.

Words Make a difference

Whatever your intentions are, it is important that it be phrased as a positive rather than a negative. We know that negative emotions can overpower positive ones, so how you focus your energy is important.

Some examples of intentions include:

  • “Today, I will be present.” compared to “don’t be so scattered.”
  • Today, I will eat healthy things instead of “I won’t eat junk”
  • “Today, I will be patient instead of “Don’t be so harsh.”

Try setting your intention with a sense of curiosity as to what will be revealed. Let your mind explore the subject, rolling it around, looking at it from different angles. Be open to the thoughts that come. Relax into your intention – perhaps unrelated thoughts will come up that end up shedding light on your intention.

To help you get started in forming an intention, here are some thought starters:

  •  What matters most to you?
  •  What would you like to build, create, or nurture in your life?
  • What would you like to let go of?
  • Who would you like to forgive in your life?
  • How do you feel when you are your happiest self?
  • What makes you proud?
  • What word(s) would you like to align yourself with?
  • What fears would you like to release?
  • What are you grateful for?

We would love to hear how this works for you, and if intention setting had a positive impact on your float practice.

Tips from the Tank – Quieting your mind

We absolutely love hosting folks who are new to floating. One of the most frequently asked questions that we get is ‘How do I quiet my mind?’ While there are many meditation and relaxation techniques for you to explore, we find that one of the simplest methods is simply to focus on your breath.

When was the last time that you sat still and really focused on your breathing? Was it shallow and quick, or deep and slow? A good breathing technique will quiet your mind, relax your body, relieve stress and act as a bridge to accessing the theta state. (the state between waking and sleeping)

One simple breathing technique that we suggest here is a measured breathing technique. Simply put is is as follows:

  1. Allow your body to find its most comfortable floating position. Try putting your hands on your belly.
  2. Relax your neck and shoulders and let your jaw relax.
  3. Bring awareness to your breath, and notice its depth and pattern.
  4. Breathe in slowly through your nose, sending your breath into your core and belly. Count to 4 on the inhale – feel your hands on your belly expand.
  5. Hold the breath for a moment.
  6. Now release your breath slowly and smoothly as you count to 7. Feel your belly draw towards you, belly contracting.
  7. Repeat nine more times – try counting to 5 on the inhale, and 10 on the exhale for the next repetitions.
  8. When you are finished, return to natural belly breathing – slow and deep.

For additional tools, try alternating a body scan with this breath work. Learn more about body awareness HERE