I moved from Christchurch to Wellington four years ago, and aside from the time I’ve spent abroad I’ve been happy to call it home ever since. I’m a musician and English language teacher when I’m not floating, and enjoy finding the spaces where music and language intersect.
Why do you love floating?
Floating to me is complete freedom, a rare thing living in the inner city. The meditative aspect of floating has always appealed to me, as well as the exploration and deeper understanding of consciousness which comes with regular practice. All that aside, the physical benefits are also huge; floating helps normalise my often scattered sleeping patterns and insomnia, as well as relaxing my entire body.
Describe your best float experience and why it was so good:
So many floats have been incredible for different reasons, however one which stands out was my first experience with a longer float. I spent almost 3 hours in the tank, and was able to go a lot deeper than I had previously. This deep state, whether it was meditation, theta, hypnogogic, or some combination of these and others, led my mind down some intriguing rabbit holes that I hadn’t considered before. It was also the closest I’ve come in the tank to a complete loss of awareness of my body, I remember turning the lights on at the end and being a little surprised to see legs dangling in front of me!
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of trying their first float?
The biggest piece of advice I could give would be not to go into the experience with too many expectations. Even after dozens of floats, no two are ever quite the same. The best approach I’ve found is simply to hop in, turn out the lights, and see where you end up.
What’s your favourite quote?
“I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing — a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process — an integral function of the universe.” -Buckminster Fuller