3 months later I am finally posting the final blog for my 30 day float challenge… I guess you could say I dropped the ball. The original plan was to publish 1 blog post each week, but sometimes life just gets in the way. In this case, "life" came in the form of Float Fremantle starting to take off and my work load increasing (awesome), and the passing of a family member (not so awesome).
Looking back over my original plan for this float challenge, I can really see how strict I was being on myself. Quit this - quit that! Write this much by this deadline! Record everything! After the half way mark, I really felt myself loosening up and the things I originally thought were so important, things I "needed" to achieve, just didn't seem so important anymore. Week 3 was for quitting drinking and smoking, which I stuck to (even through hard times) and I'm really proud of myself for that, but by the time week 4 came around when I was meant to be starting a strict diet, I just didn't feel the need for it and I didn't feel guilty for letting it go. There was too much else on my plate (so to speak) and I was fine with that. I learned many lessons during that month, but to summarize, here are the 3 lessons I felt were most important.
- Taking time each day to meditate, clear away the cobwebs in your mind and perform a little life inventory, is SO important to help cope with the harsh blows life can serve us. Whilst floating every day I was super impressed with how I dealt with stressful situations that would usually leave me crumbling. For this reason, I think floating before nerve wrecking life events is a valuable tool. First dates, job interviews, weddings, public speaking, the list goes on. When new customers arrive at Float Fremantle, they're often stressed, strung out and a little nervous... but when they emerge from the float room they totally let their guard down, they talk to you like they've known you for years and their personality really shines through. You get to witness them for who they really are, layers peeled back revealing their true essence - the harsh calluses of life removed.
- When you practice a little self-care, you learn to treat yourself the way you wish to be treated by others. It' becomes a lot easier to forgive yourself for your shortcomings and treat yourself a little gentler.
- Time flies when you're living in the moment. It hadn't occurred to me how much time I was spending fretting about the future and dwelling on the past until I tried to stop. Learning to be present & practicing acceptance has had a profound impact on my life. 30 days of floating absolutely FLEW by, and I can't believe 3 months have already passed.
In a final act of letting go, I am now leaving Float Fremantle for a couple of months while I explore the USA and attend the International Float Conference in Portland Oregon! There is so much more I could write about from my float challenge, but trying to articulate all the trippy little mind expanding experiences has proven to be really difficult. To avoid sounding like a cliche psychonaut I think I'll leave that for another time.