❶ Optimal body position for relaxation
To dive deep into meditation, one’s body need to be fully relaxed. When your body is not comfortable, those uneasy sensations will interfere with the practice.
Normally, a meditator will need some months or even years of practicing just to be comfortable with the sitting position. The pain and unease often force people out of meditation after just 30 minutes or less. They are unnecessary obstacles for your mind, making it hard to achieve true meditative state or stillness of the mind.
Inside the float tank, you float on the water surface. It feels like there’s nothing underneath you. This unique position help your body to fully relax but keep your mind awake. Your head is on the water, there is a small flicker of awareness that let you know you are on the water, so you cannot fall into unconscious sleep.
The warm and embracing environment of the float will give you a sense of security & familiarity after just 2 session. It greatly shorten the time required to get familiarized with the meditative state.
❷ Perfectly still environment, even more quiet than meditation school, monastaries, etc.
Because of the unique design, there is no light or sound inside the tank. There’s nobody to disturb you, no wind breezing, no bird chirping, no external sight that distract, no sweat dripping, no mosquitoes or small insect that crawl on your body.
Inside the tank, you are truly isolated from all external stimulations.
❸ The water is the best medium to reflect the relationship between body & mind.
The body, especially the act of breathing, has a deep connection with your mind. When your mind is filled with anger, your breath becomes heavier. When you are relaxed & calm, your breath becomes light, slow, gentle.
Floating on the water surface, every breath you take will move your body, up and down. Inside the tank, you can feel these delicate movements very easily. From that you can see the connection between your body and your mind. Every time your mind wanders, your body will respond appropriately.
❹ No sense of time
Sense of time is one of the greatest barrier for a meditator. The act of staying still, doing nothing for an extended period of time is something our mind not used to. We get bored, we feel it’s been a long time when in fact it’s just 10 or 15 minutes.
The sense of time comes from our awareness of the change in our body and external environment. Inside the float tanks, the amount of information that comes into our mind is vastly limited so we can’t sense time anymore. That’s why with Float Tank it is so easy to overcome the boredom when one start practicing meditation.
❺ Meticulous preparation gives rise to Determination
One quality a meditator must practice is patience & determination. With patience we can overcome the urge to stand up, do something else and distract ourself from the meditation practice.
As float tank is a complicated equipment and sensory deprivation is a very special therapy, you need to be well prepared for a float, no food, no caffeine, no alcohol, be on time, be clean. You also have to pay for the float so you’ll want it to be worth the money. That will make you more attentive and determined. You will turn off your phone, set aside a time for yourself with absolutely no distraction.
For that reason, once you get into the float tank, your body and mind will be ready to fully concentrate on the act of meditation, creating a good mindset to achieve your goal.