Millions of Americans are celebrating summer with record-breaking temperatures and are either being forced to slow down or find water in which to cool off. I see this as a blessing, since so few of us are actually taught that it’s ok to slow productivity or to focus on our own well-being. I am also amazed at how few of us were taught to float on our backs as children.
Often clients will ask me what I mean when I tell them to let go of something, someone or a thought pattern. They want to know, how to actually “let go”. The answer lies in floating.
If you have ever floated on your back in water, you know that it ONLY works if you relax, if you let go. If you tense up, that part of you will sink. Of course, you can use your muscles and swim, but eventually all of us, even Michael Phelps will run out of energy. The more relaxed you can be, the better you will float.
I was in the pool the other day, escaping the triple digits myself and decided to float. Normally, I can regulate my buoyancy pretty well by my breath, but this day I observed that my shoulders kept dipping a little. So I consciously began relaxing the muscles in my neck and shoulders until I could float with ease. The process of floating had actually pointed out where I was holding tension and when I had succeeded in letting it go.
So take this opportunity to use the slower time to learn to float. The sensation of letting go is exactly the same whether you are in the water or walking around on the pavement. Practice it wherever you are. It is a valuable skill that might just save your life some day.