Name: Garrick Valverde
Location: Lawrence, KS
Length of time you've been floating at home: Four months
What made you get into floating and why do you love it?
I got into floating through Joe Rogan and his many rants about its benefits. I feel like the busy life of a college student and athlete leaves me feeling very fragmented due to all the obligations. I love floating because it pulls me back together, and I just feel whole again after.
Any cool experiences floating that you want to share?
I use the Zen Tent primarily for meditation. I’m always astonished when my mind fully clicks off, especially when it seemed it never would. There’s a wonderful sense of joy that accompanies that clicking off that’s difficult to describe. It’s as if I’m walking in on the most amazing feast where each breath I take and heartbeat tastes better than the last.
Any tips, tricks, or advice you would share with other fellow floaters or Zen Tent owners?
In the beginning, I really wanted to have an awesome experience in the tent. What I found was that my desire to have those experiences was keeping my mind or ego (whatever you want to call it) engaged and wanting to control things. Because of this, I wasn’t able to fully let go. It wasn’t until I was completely content with not having an experience that I could fully let go, and then, of course, the experiences came.