This summer, I wrote an article for the Float Shoppe, a sensory-deprivation water therapy company in Portland. The friendly owners were interested in exploring the restorative qualities of epsom salt floats with endurance athletes. An excerpt below. Full article here.
“The door shuts behind me without even a slightest gasp, and I’m alone. Alone, except for this dark blue plastic bubble pod in front of me. The float tank. Stripped down to my birthday suit, I open the hatch and peer inside the mysterious container. Subtle scents of warm mineral water escape from the dark cocoon and introduce themselves to my nostrils. First foot in, I find it warm and slippery, likely from the heavy dose of salts. Now both feet in. An awkward swivel move to shut the door and I am greeted promptly by a fierce…absolute…darkness. Crouching, wading, maneuvering. I struggle for few minutes to let body and mind accept the totality of such sensory deprivation. And then it commences. The silence. The weightlessness. The suspension. The float.”
Read the entire article.
One of the most moving poems I’ve ever read. Touches me to the core. Images from the Animas Valley Institute’s 13-day Advanced Underworld Journey from which I recently returned in Colorado and Utah. Enjoy, and please, please, please slow down to ingest every bit of this.
What to Remember When Waking
By: David Whyte
In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake,
coming back to this life from the other
more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world
where everything began,
there is a small opening into the new day
which closes the moment you begin your plans.
In July 2012, two days after running the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Race, I whisked off to Turkey for two weeks to co-direct several videos for AFS. Last week, I put in my two weeks notice and am leaving my job of over 5 years at AFS and my life in Portland in pursuit of other adventures. Still, I feel so good about how this video came out, I thought I’d share. The work AFS does is undoubtedly transforming the world and this video and my experience in Turkey confirms its impact. Significant props to my good friends Dan and Erin at Goodeye Video for their video shooting and editing magic.