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I was eager to try floating. Having previous knowledge of the unique experience sensory deprivation tanks provide combined with years of experience with meditation, I knew this would be easy for me to ‘let go’.
I was soon disappointed to learn that I was just floating around in a large container without an incredible meditative experience.
It was a deep disappointment, and it took me a while to realize that by holding onto this image of myself as a meditator, it was actually inhibiting me from experiencing just that.
The pod showed me myself.
It took quite a few floats before I experienced what letting go really felt like. I had to let go of the idea that I should be good at letting go.
I had built this whole identity around being good at meditating. And here the pod was, telling me to let that go.
I read this meditation quote once in a reddit comment section (because sometimes there’s gold in the comments!), and it really stuck with me:
“You’re observing the ocean; the waves are your thoughts. Don’t ride the wave, just observe it as it rolls by. If you find yourself riding a wave, get off.”
My thoughts of how I should be good at meditating were a wave.
When I meditate now, I find myself riding waves, and coming back to my center, riding waves, and coming back, riding waves, and coming back...
It's not so much about having no thoughts for the duration of the meditation, it's about how often you come back to your center after having a thought.
"The moment you realize you are not present... you are present."
There is a flow to it.
And it’s through accepting this flow that I dip into deep feelings of peace while floating.
The pod taught me to let go of my ideas of how meditation should look, how floating should be, how good I should be at it.
Writing it out now makes it sound like a beautiful process, but I felt confused, frustrated, and disappointed throughout the process until I finally exhausted myself into letting go.
To this day, if I go into the float looking for that deep feeling of peace, I do not find it. It’s only when I let go of expecting the float to do anything for me do I find it.
A microcosm of life.
Chenille is the owner of Earth Escape, along with her husband, Travis.