My First Float

My First Float

I closed the door to this homemade float tank and let my world go dark. After settling in and getting used to the buoyancy of the water, I can recall how the sound of my breath seemed like bellows in a cavern, echoing through deep spaces. It wasn’t too long after I had thought, “hey this is just like meditating,” before my mind had let go of itself completely and I was simply adrift in a black sea at night, a cloudless sky above me, very much a mirror of my present state of mind.

I jumped in and out of this ‘pure-mind’ two to three times during my first float, which lasted about two hours. During moments of waking consciousness in the tank, I laid there not feeling bored, but excited and energized by my ability to get into deep levels of meditation with such ease (not to mention that being in a zero gravity chamber does wonders for your muscles and stretching around in the tank while awake was the like Yoga on steroids). So time in the tank went by quickly and before long I was being prompted out by gentle music. I can still remember clearly how I felt after my first session; my body and mind felt better connected/reinvigorated and my perception of stimuli was heightened to a degree that even successful sitting meditation had never offered me. I was immediately hooked for life.

- Jeremy DeLong