It is common practice for Registered Holistic Nutritionists to recommend meditation for stress relief, relaxation, reconnecting with our true self and much more. However, we also know that learning how to meditate takes time and practice. In our world today it can be hard for us to sit down and learn how to effectively include this in our day to day lives and many give up before they experience the benefits of what meditation has to offer.
So what if there was a way to “hack” the system and allow us to REALLY benefit from meditation in one session per week?
Mike Zaremba, founder of the Float House explains below how and why floating, also known as sensory-deprivation, is an easy way to reap the benefits of meditation.
(Written by Mike Zaremba, Founder of Float House for CSNN Vancouver)
“I know what is good for me but that doesn’t mean I do it.”
Ouch! Sometimes the truth stings.
How many areas of our lives can we say this to; our nutrition, our rest, our social time, our exercise, our meditation practice?
In many areas of our lives we don’t live up to our potential and it is mostly because we don’t set ourselves up for success.
Of all of these areas mentioned above, our meditation practice probably get’s pushed back the most, yet it can be a foundational pillar to support all the other areas of self-care we know we should be doing, but struggle to do so.
First off, Why Meditate?
Meditation can help regulate our emotions better. Perhaps we get triggered by those who are closest to us; our partner, our parents, our siblings, being able to respond versus react is a huge benefit of meditation. Ever heard of emotional eating? Meditation alone will support better eating choices, which in and of itself can affect many areas of our overall health and well-being.
Meditation can also generate greater clarity and awareness of how we are actually feeling about various situations in our lives; our relationships, our work, our health, and help prioritize things and/or make decisions that will help serve these areas.
Managing stress is one of the most powerful ways in which meditation can support us. Chronic stress is related to many forms of disease including impaired immune function, and reduced cognitive abilities.
It is extremely empowering to not rely on that glass of wine or that episode of Game of Thrones or that puff of the ganja (or all three!) to manage our stress. Knowing you can simply pause, be still and meditate to bring your mind-body into a calmer coherence is a very empowering skill to develop.
Meditation can be a revealer in many ways which may help us reach our potential in so many areas of our lives yet…
We fall off the wagon over and over again.
Why does meditation have such a giant drop-off rate?
It is very easy NOT to do.
The excuses are endless:
“I don’t have time!”
“I get drowsy.”
“I can’t sit still.”
“I can’t tell if I’m doing it right?”
How can floating become a hyper-efficient and effective way to bring meditation into ones life?
If you don’t know the details of what floating is, take a short pause and watch this video below:
The environment of maximal sensory reduction and flotation launches us into deeper states of meditation very quickly with minimal experience. In the beginning of exploring a float practice with just 2-3 sessions done within 3-4 weeks, deep levels of meditation will be experienced, guaranteed.
Floating is much more comfortable than sitting. We are physically fully supported by a super-saturated Epsom salt solution that contours and holds every square millimetre of your body. Every postural and stabilizing muscle can “let go” and with our mind-body continuums (the fact that our minds affect our bodies and our bodies affect our minds) our mind can “let go” much more easily as well.
It teaches what deeper states of meditation actually feel like and takes the guess work out of it.
By investing some money into this practice dramatically increases accountability to it. You work hard for your money and you can leverage this to support yourself ($40/month is 1 “nice” dinner out).
Schedule it in advance. By booking your float into your schedule (at the end of a busy week, on a Sunday before the next week begins, or mid-week as a boost) you are much more likely to make this time of extreme mindfulness happen. (1-2 x / month is much more sustainable than 3-5 x / week).
With the ease of the practice and unique nature of the environment we can sustain a longer meditative experience in a far deeper state. This results in a greater quality of meditation for a longer time and amplifies the benefits we’re trying to get out of a meditation practice.
It is arguable that a single 90-minute float session per week can deliver greater benefits than 5 x 20 minute sits. By increasing the quality of our meditation experience we can reduce the quantity and thus increasing the likelihood of sustaining the practice.
If you are interested to put floating to the test, Float House in Vancouver (Gastown and Kits) has an incredible beginner’s membership offer. The package is $120 equally divided between 3 months, which will ultimately deliver you 3 floats (1 per month) and a bonus free 3-pack upon signing up (6-week expiry) to encourage and support you in the beginning 6 weeks of the practice. Floating on a weekly basis for the first month is a critical momentum-builder and connection-facilitator for the practice after which 1-2 floats per month is an excellent maintenance practice to be in.
If you have any further questions about floating, feel free to contact Mike directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.