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Free Your Schedule, Free Your Mind

free schedule free mind

Our society is filled with ideas around, “I can do anything,” and, “The sky’s the limit.” As a result, people are often running around trying to squeeze as much out of life into each day. They run around from one activity to another trying to “get the most” out of their life. However, sometimes people spend too much time on doing things instead of what is going on within themselves. They also do not always examine how their intensely booked schedule is taking a toll on them. Chronic fatigue and anxiety are rampant and our fast and furiously booked schedules contribute.

It is important to balance activity with non-activity. One can see this concept in the yin-yang symbol. The yang represents activity. The yin represents inactivity. They must be balanced in order for there to be harmony. In today’s world of busyness and speed a “discipline of slowing down” is required. Slowing down can come in the form of saying no to going out five days in a row after work and carving out a night to chill out at home and relax. It might mean saying no to the sixth exercise class that week and instead sitting at home enjoying a cup of tea with a loved one, or a gentle walk by the beach to be reminded of the beauty of nature.

Saying no to the overfull schedule frees up space in one’s life and it frees up space in the mind. It can allow deeper thoughts to come through. Those thoughts are important to express. It might result in you taking on a different point of view about your boss or child. The benefits of slowing down and taking on different points of view are enormous. Relationships are guaranteed to be enhanced and you are guaranteed to have more energy.


The things you see in a Float Tank


Edgar Allen Poe wrote of “fancies” he experienced “only when I am on the brink of sleep with the consciousness that I am so.” 

He’s not alone.  Many have used the tank to plug into that state and use it to explore deeper consciousness. 

Northwest Floatation Center

The Best Time to Float

The Best Time to Float

Floating is a meditative or relaxing experience. To achieve the maximum health benefits of floating, consider the time of day you plan to float. Any opportunity is great, but depending on your individual schedule, floating at one time or other may be more beneficial. Some people get more out of meditative practices in the morning versus at night. Others prefer to break up the day with a period of time to let the mind and body rest and relax before jumping back into the flow of everyday life. The following are a few tips for choosing when to relax.

  • When you’re stressed. This may seem obvious to some, but many people hold off on relaxing until they have completed whatever task was causing them stress in the first place, treating their relaxation as a reward. However, relaxation and rest need to be taken advantage of during stress, so that stressful feelings will not continue and build. A person with a lot of tension and concerns needs to float or meditate promptly before those problems become worse. Floating allows a person to completely relax, both physically and mentally, and enables him or her to deal with thoughts calmly, one at a time.
  • First thing in the morning. Beginning the day with meditation or a relaxing float is a good way to set the tone for the rest of the day. If you begin your day with a calm mind, you can face any stress or difficulty later on.
  • During lunch. The middle of the day can be a good time to have regular meditation or floating, but it is also a great chance to practice relaxing when stressed. Dealing with stress during a scheduled break allows one to take care of problems and get into a healthy mindset before those problems get any worse.
  • End of work. By closing a workday with a time of meditation or floating, a person can put a physical and mental separation between work and home, letting go of all the stresses of the day. This allows people to have better home lives and family relationships, as well as better mental and emotional health. If you are meditating or floating at another time during the evening, have a reasonable amount of time between your relaxation and sleeping so that the two do not blend into one another.

To find out more about floatation therapy as a meditative practice and method of stress relief, research the practice and the facilities that offer it. Look into the Northwest Float Center for more in-depth information.

Original author: Alex
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