By now, most of us are aware of the multitude of physical health benefits we gain through floatation therapy. However, we don't often address the state of silence, meditation and mental health.
How does the silence you experience inside of the tank benefit your body? Is it even possible for this quiet time to have any sort of tangible benefit to the floatation experience?
For those of us who utilize or have considered flotation as a form of meditation, perhaps this will speak to you and encourage you to try meditation within the tank!
Noise and especially noise over 30 decibels is associated with high blood pressure, anxiety, and stress. Lots of people get out of bed, take a shower, have coffee and put on the news; starting the cycle of stress for the day. It has become the norm to always be connected and online.
We rarely, if ever, take the time to unplug and spend time with ourselves.
We forget how important it is to recharge and unplug for awhile.
Real creativity comes only out of silence.
A professor of philosophy, Osho traveled throughout India during the 1960s as a public speaker. Osho presented meditation not only as a practice but as a state of awareness to be maintained in every moment, a total awareness awakening the individual from the sleep of mechanical responses conditioned by beliefs and expectations.
Osho had many thoughts on mediation and the importance of silence. Simply put:
Meditation doesn’t lead you to silence; meditation only creates the situation in which the silence happens. Words are figures; silence is the background. Words come and go; silence remains.
Why are you so afraid of silence,
silence is the root of everything.
If you spiral into its void,
a hundred voices will thunder messages you long to hear.
According to Islamic Sufi poet Jalaluddin Rumi, silence is the answer:
There are no words in it, and it is not relevant to any question in particular; it is only a state of silence. In everyday life we are confronted with a thousand troubles that we are not always evolved enough to meet, and then only silence can help us.
For meditative purposes, silence is key. Luckily, floating is the perfect compliment to meditation and provides us with an opportunity to be enveloped in the silence; to embrace and allow it to wash over us.
All we have to do is lay back, let the silence take over, and learn whatever important lesson it may have for us.