The door closes and I’m alone in a dark room. Rainforest music is playing softly in the background and the room smells salty. I undress and rinse off at a small shower in the corner of the room. I insert the provided earplugs, open the tank’s lid and step in.
Floating in the thick water it takes a few moments to get settled. I close the lid and there is now nothing but blackness and the sound of my breathing. I fidget around in the water pushing off with my toes, gliding from one end to the other and back again.
Now I’m settled I begin to concentrate on my breathing. In through the nose, out through the nose. Slowly, calm the mind. Thoughts bounce around like crazy, It’s hard to stay focussed. My breathing sounds like I’m in a wind tunnel. I can hear the air pass through my nose, into my throat and down into my lungs then back again. My mind is still bouncing around, fighting my attempts to stop thinking. It’s like a tv that changes channel every 5 seconds. I need to focus my mind and quieten the noise.
I no longer feel attached to my body. I am the air in my lungs, the sound of breathing in my ears and the busy thoughts in my head. I focus on a white light forming in my mind. It is slowly growing, trying to push the noise in my mind away. The light grows but the random thoughts intrude.
I try to concentrate more but now my body has come back, it is becoming restless. I notice the slight temperature change between the air and the water. I notice an itch on my face. The spell is broken, I wonder how much longer I have left in here.
The rainforest music starts to gently play again. My time is up. What was I in here for again?