By now we all know the powerful effect that floating has on us.
We know that one session tends to provide relaxation for multiple days after a float, and most of us are aware that floating has a cumulative effect- that we relax more quickly + deeply when we’ve been floating on the regular…
But, what if we could make it MORE regular? What if we could take those benefits and make them BIGGER?
What if we take those monthly or weekly floats and supercharge them?
Would more frequent floating bring more profound benefits?
There is probably a no better way of finding out than immersing yourself in the Isomind programme. Doing the programme means relaxing into two floats per week and encouraging your brain to become its best self.
Float #1 – All about self-reflection. You can’t really chart a new course without looking where you’ve been. Float number one was all about looking at existing mental skills and how they’ve helped and hindered.
Float #2 – Goal setting, planning + strategy. After float number one we know where we’ve been- now we need to figure out where we’re going. The session was about visualising what success looks like, and setting goals to get there.
The aim was to set three clear goals for the programme. Three new behaviours/ ways of thinking in a month, easy enough, right?! 😉 If this can help me take three of my lifelong problems and help make them less problematic I will be eternally grateful.
Float #3 – Time to figure out how to change our behaviour. Apparently your behaviours + thought patterns don’t change overnight without building new habits and ways of thinking, who knew?! 😉 Session three was about building an actionable plan to help make that happen.
Float #4 – Focus on strengths to help reach our goals. We all have our strengths, this session was about identifying them and tying them into our goals. I’m all about creative thinking, and was surprised and delighted by the interesting connections my brain made.
During my float, I followed a rabbit hole and realised something I thought was a massive weakness was actually a very useful strength. I don’t think I could have found that plot twist without these prompts, so I left Float Culture pretty stoked about a massive win.
Float #5 – Mindfulness + focus on the breath. This session seemed deceptively simple, but the post-float prompts helped me stumble upon a big, fat epiphany. I wasn’t expecting this session to be so impactful. Again – surprised and delighted by the outcome of this session.
Float #6 – All about the heart. I think the idea of this session was to focus on the mind-body connection. In daily l feel like a bit of a victim to my mood. It changes its mind constantly, taking me for a ride. My internal voice is always shrieking about something – how happy it is, how unjust this whole damn world is, and everything in between.
Something amazing happened as I concentrated on my heartbeat- I felt like I had a bit of control of this voice, and for a few brief moments I was able to experience silence + feel gratitude for this body of mine.
This might have been my favourite float of all time & I will definitely be using this meditation technique in the future.
Float #7 – A look at fear. We all have things we’re afraid of, and a lot of the time we have no idea why. This session was about looking at the fears we try to avoid + identifying the underlying motivation behind them.
Float #8 – Gratitude & reflection. Nothing makes you feel warm and fuzzy like focusing on gratitude and reflecting on your successes.
By session 8 there was a lot to be thankful for. After four weeks of frequent floating, I could feel something different about myself, I was lighter and happier. I felt like I had a bit more control of my life, and there was newfound mindfulness to me. I felt more equipped to deal with my (many) emotions + all the unexpected things that life can throw your way. I left Float Culture after my eighth float feeling very thankful indeed.
Almost anyone who isn’t completely comfortable or perfect. A pretty big statement, but I stand by it. Especially anyone with a lot of stress + anxiety or who is looking to create new (life-changing) habits.
It’s like having an incredible coach without the part the turns me off – the part with the coach. One who requires human interaction, in real life. For me personally coaching doesn’t work because I inevitably just add the said coach to the long list of people whose opinions matter too much for me.
This turns you into your own coach. Thought-provoking questions, float sessions & journaling have you looking @ existing behaviours to create useful habits that have the potential to change your life. Legit.
My experience: During those four weeks I was far happier, more creative and less anxious then I can remember being in my entire adult life. Things that usually stressed me out were really no big deal. And THAT is a very big deal.
Some of these questions seemed really simple and ended up pulling unexpectedly profound thoughts from my brain. I remember one particular session where I didn’t expect anything except a great period of relaxation – and it ended up being the most impactful float ever. That one tiny hour helped me identify a thought pattern that was holding me back in a big way.
Highly recommend it for anyone with a lot of stress + anxiety or anyone looking to create healthy habits In 2020. Highly recommend it for myself as I’ve been slack, have let the habits slide and already need a do-over. #WorkInProgress
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