Give the Gift of Nothing!

Friends, if you are still running around, frantically trying to find the gift for that someone special, I need to let you in on a little secret…I know the PERFECT gift and it is…NOTHING!

Now, before you think I’ve finally lost it, hear me out! Last Friday, I took a time-out! A retreat in the midst of my chaos that began the moment I walked in the door.

I literally spent 90 minutes doing absolutely nothing in a sensory deprivation float tank at Nalu Float and Healing Center in Rochester, MN.

I’ve floated before, multiple times and I find it to be the most effortless modality of healing there is. It’s been a while since I’ve climbed into a tank, but thanks to the generousity of owner Jon Maki, it was time to float and tell!

That tank contains 10 inches of water, saturated with 800 pounds of Epsom salt that together made me feel absolutely weightless as I floated, motionless. The light is completely optional, but I chose to float in darkness. The water was heated to skin temperature at 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit. So let’s put this all together…when I’m in there, I only hear the faint drum of my heartbeat, I see nothing, I feel nothing. I am literally in a state of nothingness. And for 90 minutes the only thing I did was breathe and set my thoughts aside.

As with each experience I’ve had, I found the time within a tranquil, peaceful gift. As I continued to push thought aside, I lost all concept of time, space, reality. And when my session drew to a close, I emerged renewed and grateful. I realized as I left Nalu, the monkey chatter of the multitude of things running through my mind when I had arrived was gone.

My mind was so relaxed, I felt as if I were floating home. I spent the rest of the evening feeling like a million bucks! Although I find myself in Christmas crunch-time, I’ve had a wonderful week. I don’t feel the normal stress associated with the holiday, and I’m pretty sure that has a lot to do with my mindfulness time-out last week.

Local Friends, if you are still looking for the perfect gift for that special someone, you ought to consider giving them the gift of nothing. Check out what Jon has to offer at Nalu Float. Pick up a gift basket with your choice of items, or do what I did and purchase a gift certificate for a float session. Stop by his Facebook page for more details and contact/location information.

For those of you who aren’t local, search online for your nearest float center. If you’re looking for a bargain, jump on Groupon…I’ve purchased several float sessions on there while traveling and paid even less for nothing.

And finally, might I suggest, when you’ve finished all your preparations, and as the celebrations and family time come and go, promise to treat yourself to the rejuvenating gift of nothing for a job well done! You’ll never feel calmer or more relaxed.

What a blissful way to put your Best Foot Forward!

This Year I Resolve…

Friends, we are a whole week into the New Year and I didn’t want to share my 2017 plans with you until I had a more firm understanding of them myself. I’m still motivated by and working on a resolution I began a couple years back involving my Facebook friends; I’ll post an update to that one soon.

Before devising my 2017 plan, I found it integral to reflect on 2016. It will begin to make sense why…bear with me!

In hindsight, 2016 was a year I threw caution to the wind in many aspects of my life. I was tired of stereotypes running a loop in my mind, and the more I walked away from them, the freer, more alive I felt. I also noticed many ruts I’d found myself stuck in, and busted out of most throughout the course of the year with amazing family and friends along for the tumultuous ride. Here’s a photo montage sampler.

Tried some relaxing new therapies like meditating in a salt room…


And floating in a salt tank…

Chilling in a cryotherapy chamber…

Surrendering to a sports med doc and my first cortisone injection…

Cozying up to the healing benefits of a laser at physical therapy…

Taking a crack at chiropractic treatment…

I employed a new mindset when it came to some normally tense healthcare moments. In dealing with a biopsy and subsequent surgery, fear and worry were not allowed any energy. I simply chose to believe it was nothing until it was something. It’s still nothing.

I was blessed with new friendships that provided an abundance of generosity and support…  

Which encouraged me to press beyond the struggles…

 

To encourage others to accomplish new milestones…

 

To inspire others to embrace new things, gain confidence…

 

It became ingrained; inspired me to share my love of adventure and fitness within a mentoring role…

But still taking time to fulfill my venturing needs such as these…

 

And these…

 

 

I embraced holidays in new ways…traded Mother’s Day Brunch for a delicious hike…

Replaced a traditional Christmas celebration for something a bit more rejuvenating…

I guess I could sum up 2016 as just that…

REJUVENATE (verb)

  1. to make young again; restore to youthful vigor, appearance
  2. to restore to a former state; make fresh or new again

In breaking with past expectation, trying new things, planning new experiences, I’m REJUVENATED! Friends, that’s my plan for 2017…I’m throwing conventionality out the window and continuing to explore all the many wonders life has to offer!