Are you getting poor performance?

“Have you tried turning it off and on again?”  If you’ve ever used a computer and turned to someone for help, this will be a familiar phrase.  A simple reset.

It’s generally the first thing to try.  It might be that you’re getting poor performance.  Or the system seems slow to respond to inputs.  Maybe you keep getting errors.  Perhaps the machine is exhibiting unwanted behaviours.  Especially when the machine just locks up entirely.

You have probably noticed that when you have a lot of tabs open, the whole system becomes sluggish, and it takes longer to complete even simple tasks.  This can be frustrating.  Lots of the machine’s resources are tied up with those open tabs, but not really doing anything.

The mind is actually quite similar.

Recognise the overwhelm

When there are lots of other things going on in your mind it can be hard to find the focused attention that is needed to achieve the task at hand.  It can lead to feeling totally overwhelmed.  One thing after another demands your attention until you can feel paralysed, unable to even know where to begin prioritising.

Reset your mind

Most of the time all that is needed is a reset to clear out the clutter and start with a clean slate.  Then the tasks can be addressed one by one with the full resources of a fresh machine.

There are a number of techniques available to give your machine some kind of reset.

One is the de-hypnotising breath.  It sounds simple, but is quite effective:

  1. Say out loud “I am going to take a de-hypnotising breath”
  2. Take a slow, deep,  breath in
  3. Relax and let the air flow out of the lungs with an ‘ah!’ sound
  4. Take a moment to feel the results

But for a full reset, you really need to turn it off and on again.  And that’s what floating can do.

Floatation is a powerful reset button

Floating removes all input, and provides time to reset your mind.  Have you ever tried to defragment your hard drive, and carry on working?  If so, you’ll know it’s a pretty futile exercise.  What is really needed while the machine is tidying up the file system is no input at all.

When you emerge from your float you will feel calm and clear.  Your attention will be unified, and your awareness of sensory inputs will be vivid and detailed.  You will feel relaxed and refreshed, yet alert.

But the thing that amazes people the most is when they emerge and know exactly what to do next.  When the route through is clear, and they can remain relaxed and proceed.  Once you’ve floated a few times, you may begin to realise that this space is always there for you, any time, welcoming and familiar.

Have you tried turning it off and on again?

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