“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
On a particularly introspective evening one day (or maybe a few), I thought deeply about what I really want out of life. If I were on my deathbed right now, what would I be happy about, what would I regret? How could the answers to these questions guide how I live the rest of my life, however long or short it might be?
When I look back at my journey so far and think ahead about what would make a fulfilling life, I’m convinced that it’s in continuing to seek invigorating experiences that further my understanding of the universe, push me out of my comfort zone, and help me grow.
In light of this endeavor, I recently came across the opportunity to experience Floatation Therapy. I’d first heard about it from a friend, and once I read up a little about it, I was intrigued. Fast forward a few months, here I am, fresh out of my first float.
What Is Floatation Therapy?
Have you ever wondered what happens to the brain when it is insulated from all sensory input and stimuli?
Sensory deprivation tanks (or isolation tanks) were first introduced and promoted by the controversial American neuroscientist, John C. Lilly, in the 1950s, as a means to explore the nature of human consciousness. He found that in this environment, 90% of the brain’s neural activity was free from tasks, helping one focus inwards.
Floatation Therapy essentially involves floating in a pool of Epsom salt water (to help the body float without effort) while enclosed in a sound and lightproof pod, helping the mind enter a deep meditative state.