I am not sure as to how prevalent or obvious it is through these blogs, but I have a very non-stop kind of “over-thinking” brain process. I constantly question and second and triple guess each and every thought, motive and action. Although an asset at times; and it certainly has been in the past, it is also been a source of frustration.
With this said I decided to attempt and calm this part of myself in some fashion. My first attempt was what is commonly known as an isolation tank. It is a large metal box essentially. It is filled with about 12” of water that is saturated with 800 lbs of salt to make it incredibly buoyant. You simply lay in this water and float, and then the fun part. You close the door to this box and it is completely black. There is no sound, no visuals or stimuli of any kind. In fact after a few minutes you begin to feel as if you are actually floating and completely weight-less. Although this is not for everyone, it is quite an experience and I highly recommend it.
However although very fun and interesting, this isolation tank is not exactly the “calming” experience that I really need, nor is it something that is practical to do on a consistent basis. So I began to dabble into the good ‘ol meditation. Now, I am in shape and that shape…is round. So needless to say, I need some comfort to brace between the floor and I. I tried many things, from a yoga mat, to a bamboo meditation bench and then finally the meditation cushion.
These Zafu and Zabuton meditation cushions were certainly my favorite thus far and are eco-friendly. They made it much easier to “let go” per say, rather than thinking about how hard the ground was. So although I am a grave novice at this point, I shall see where this little rabbit holes leads and report on my findings down the road.