The list of benefits to be gained from a float practice is seemingly endless. That in itself is amazing. Each float can be a bit different, and often offers exactly what your body or mind needs in that moment. I have been amazed at some of the random places that my mind goes during my float. Sometimes, I work out problems, sometimes I get big ideas, and sometimes I simply fall asleep. I love the randomness of thoughts that come during some floats, and am often surprised and entertained at what shows up for me.
Over the past few months, however, I have been playing with Intention setting before my floats. Have you heard the saying “where the thought goes the energy flows”? Setting an intention before your float can help to focus your energy to one area of your body or mind that you would like to shift, change, resolve, or explore further. Try setting your intention with a sense of curiosity as to what will be revealed. Let your mind explore the subject, rolling it around, looking at it from different angles. Be open to the thoughts that come. Relax into your intention – perhaps unrelated thoughts will come up that end up shedding light on your intention.
From the website https://mindfulminutes.com/intention-setting-101/
Intentions can be a clear and specific topic, or as simple as a word or phrase you’d like to align yourself with, like “open your mind and heart,” “love,” “softness,” “strength,” “compassion for myself and others,” “peace,” or “freedom.” Try to keep the intention positive, so instead of saying “stop being a coward,” or “spend less time alone,” choose the intentions, “be courageous” or simply, “community”.
Here are some thought-starters to help you get started in forming an intention:
- What matters most to you?
- What would you like to build, create, or nurture in your life?
- What would you like to let go of?
- Who would you like to forgive in your life?
- How do you feel when you are your happiest self?
- What makes you proud?
- What word(s) would you like to align yourself with?
- What fears would you like to release?
- What are you grateful for?
We would love to hear how this works for you, and if intention setting had a positive impact on your float practice.