solitude  “I’ve been busy!” We hear ourselves say it in conversation not even sure ourselves what that means exactly. Whatever it means, we must be productive. Right?

There comes a time – perhaps a breaking point – when leaders know it’s time to be alone. To regroup. To remember who we are really, and why we’re doing what we’re doing. Being alone – centering, praying, being, or meditating – becomes something that not only relaxes our mind and body, but actually makes us better leaders.

All one has to do is Google to find hundreds of health benefits and stress reduction from activities that induce meditation. Meditation can be simply defined as: thinking, consideration, contemplation and concentration.

In essence it’s getting to a point where we’ve reached a deeper connection than our fast-paced emails, screen clicks, scrolls downs, informational skims, and quick how-are-yous in passing.

Some people find this solitude by running, sitting in a hot tub or hot bath, taking a long drive, being in nature, lying in a hammock, listening to relaxing music, or by getting a massage. I recently read that laughing creates meditative benefits! Yes!silence water

In reality, most people have to make time to relax.

My favorite treat to myself is massage, and recently I was introduced to new technique that takes a very close second: a Sensory Deprivation Tank. Tank House Float & Massage provides my need for 1. solitude and 2. relaxation.

Since stepping out of the sensory deprivation tank, I’ve consciously noticed a decrease of negative thought and a greater awareness of self-acceptance. By getting away from external distraction, I had enough clarity to discover that when I get down the quiet core consciousness of me, there is love there.

Loads of love – ironically floating around inside me…while I floated in a tank.

So what is this Tank?

It’s twelve inches of water warmed to body temperature plus 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt. It equals a perfect combination to keep a body afloat with zero effort. It’s an anti-gravity, letting-go, sensory deprivation experience.

There is no light, no sound, and no external distraction. It’s like floating in outer space and allows nothing but space to be experienced. Namely, the space between your ears.Float Tank

For some, this can sound scary…claustrophobic…even strange…and rightly so, this is a unique experience.

But I discovered a couple things during my 90 minute float that led me to a second 60 minute float last week:

  1. “This is easier than I thought.”

So my mind isn’t really the muddled mess I thought it to be. Apart from external distraction, I’m actually quite tranquil. Mindful even. I’d struggled to meditate so often that I began to accept it just wasn’t for a busy mind like mine. But wait. This 90 minutes was a breeze. This experience shut out everything external that tended to find it’s way into my mind, and allowed me to be quiet. And it was easy.

  1. “I enjoy being with myself.”

I’ve never really minded being alone – but I had a realization while floating that I find myself interesting. I’m entertained by my own wit, I cry at what I find painful, and I’m intrigued by the simple presence of awareness. I like what I think about. I enjoy my existence. What does it ultimately matter if someone else doesn’t particularly seem to enjoy the same things? Nothing. It matters nothing. What DOES matter is that being alone is not lonely, in fact, it’s energizing.

What do you do to relax? To find solitude? What serves you best in leadership?

If you’re interested in trying something new, contact Wichita’s Tank House Float and Massage and tell them INspired Leadership sent you. You’ll get 25% off your first three-float package, or 10% off your first massage.

Contact Info:

Alan Goltl (316) 833-6018

Let’s stop glorifying “being busy”, and just experience “being”. Our leadership depends on it.

INspired Leadership Team

~Rachel Thalmann

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