Many of you know me as an adventure junkie…this is true. Most are well aware of my programs on overcoming fear…I have many. Some have called me ‘fearless’. Ha!! No way!
Everyone has fear. The most successful people don’t feel less afraid- they take action in spite of fear. I do like to walk my talk so….
…I found myself at ifloat in Westport, CT (http://www.ifloatspa.net/) listening to a calm, kind gentleman explain that 1000 lbs of Epson salt is what will keep me afloat. The removal of all light and sound combined with the floating creates a sensory deprivation that allows your subconscious to take you to a place where long held, and often limiting, beliefs will be brought to the surface for your conscious mind to handle. Mid lecture he looks at me and asks if I’m alright.
Apparently the pale face, crossed arms and step backwards gave away the only thought process I could focus on “You want me to go into that small chamber, turn off the light, and close the door???” In answer to his question I blurted out, “I’d rather jump out of an airplane!!” He cocked his head to the side, smiled, and continued.
Explanation over, I was left to face my fear.
I showered and stepped into the chamber, remembering a second too late about the blister on my heel-1000 lbs of salt does NOT feel good on a cut. Slowly I lowered myself into the water. Technically it is large enough to fit a person twice my size but in the beginning I kept bumping into the sides. It only took a small nudge of my pinky to get me back to floating in the center of the tub.
Voices…so many voices in my head. Shhhhh- Quiet!!
Itchy nose because I wasn’t listening when he instructed me to bring a towel in to the tub so I wouldn’t get salt in my eyes. Dang!
Slowly. Every so slowly I quieted my mind. I stopped resisting and allowed my body to fully relax. An amazing sense of calm came over me. I drifted in and out of dream state, fully conscious of the images while still unaware of the time and space.
I stood up only 5 minutes prior to the allotted 90 minutes. I washed away the salt in an extremely relaxed, peaceful state. Sipping tea the peace remained. On the ride home several realizations sifted into my conscious mind. Funny how the process works.
For me the moral to the story is twofold. First, overcoming whatever fears may be holding you back is a powerful step to an extraordinary life. Secondly, the benefits to calming the mind are incredibly beneficial in discovering the solutions to what is holding you back. Evaluate. Take action. Repeat as necessary.
Action Step: What are the fears that hold you back in business or life? Take an action to step outside your comfort zone and get closer to breaking down those walls. …oh and make sure to take some quiet time each day to get in touch with the deeper side of you.