Updated: Dec 11, 2020
We’re born with a clean slate of a mind. Through the years we start to collect preferences, ideas, opinions, to-do lists, issues and problems. Somewhere along our life journey we may reach a breaking point where we feel our brain is about to burst with too much stuff.
This is what we can refer to as Status:
Mind FULL! Through a process of sorting and simplifying we can go from brain overload to mindful peace and ultimately a life of enjoyment.
What’s the difference?
Mind FULL is messy, sad, overwhelming, unproductive, not good. Mindful on the other hand is calm, and nice – like eating a warm chocolate chip cookie.
Mind FULL is future focused whereas being mindful is ‘now’ focused. Mind FULL adds two items to your to-do list for each one you check off. Mindfulness lets you enjoy one moment, task or event at a time.
You may be asking yourself, “Why is a full mind bad?” Generally someone with a lot on their plate is praised for having it ‘all together.’ The always on-the-go busybody is seen as a person of talent, a dynamo, or a high achiever but is that the truth?
If we could hover quietly over the busybody for a day what would we see? True accomplishment, or empty tasks? If the latter, discontentment stirs inside causing the busybody to want to fill himself with more to do or think about, causing more chaos in his mind.
If this is an unhealthy practice then why do we continue on this path? The answers are fear, unawareness, and doubt.
In its most basic form fear is only an illusion. It is not a real thing but a feeling or thought. If we believe that to stop and ‘smell the roses’ is to miss out on something greater, we are fearing the loss of an unknown. There is no way to know what we may or may not miss but because we think there might be something more we forego the present which is a sure thing. The sure thing dulls in comparison to what might be so we strive in vain.
On the flip side, when we stop and smell the roses we delight our sense of smell. We reach out to touch the smooth petals and our gaze increases to look past these few flowers to a whole world of beautiful things. We think, “Huh, has the sun been shining like this all day?” and we notice the people around us and say, “Hello.” The vast array of senses leads to increased happiness and sets us in a state of gratitude. This all coming from the present moment, which is actual and real.
For those unfamiliar with self-awareness, mindfulness is a foreign concept. Those unaware to mindfulness might say, “Is that some sort of buddha thing?” or “I’m not good at meditating.” They have not a clue because it’s just not part of their programming. Those in this category can have the greatest awakening when they realise this state of being is available at any moment.
The third category of full minded folks knows mindfulness is out there, but they believe they can’t have it. It’s for someone else who isn’t as busy as they are.
Regularly practicing mindfulness can be difficult, but holds many benefits. Floating creates an environment that simply makes mindfulness easier.
A meditative state is brought about more easily due to the relaxation you’ll feel when floating.
By removing external stimuli in a relaxing environment, floating makes it easier to practice different aspects of meditation, including:
Interoception: sensing internal processes in the body
Attention-regulation: directing our attention somewhere without being distracted
Self-regulation: determining our physical response to a stressful environment
So, whether you’re a keen meditator, or struggling to sustain a practice, floating can help you develop your awareness, sustain your attention, and respond to situations with more choice.