A few weeks ago, I experienced my first sensory deprivation float tank in New Paltz, New York.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, you can listen to this video of what a float tank is here.
Basically a float tank is this huge epsom salt bath–so salty that your body just floats effortlessly–with no light or sound, if you choose (low lighting and music is available if desired)
So that you can completely relax and let go.
Mind and body.
A meditation of sorts.
Oprah magazine did an article about it a year or so ago…
It’s kinda like the latest high-end, wellness hype-type of activity.
So I was headed to Skydive the Ranch’s annual weekend “Skydive Boogie” (super fun community party) a few weeks ago,
Saw the sign for the float on my way,
and decided I was going to reserve a time for my first sensory deprivation floating experience.
So here I am,
Floating in this oversized bathtub on Sunday morning,
Arms overhead as recommended to me by Joe, the lovely guy that owns Mountain Float Spa.
And I’m trying to quiet my mind and my body over and over again.
Now, I meditate regularly so I’m used to practicing such “quieting,”
But in this case, I felt more pressure to do so knowing I only had 60 minutes to experience some message or miracle or shift that I was looking for…
On top of that I paid for this experience…
So yes, the pressure was on.
“Come on, Leslie, you can do it!”
“Just let go!”
Now, as some of you may know,
Whenever we are trying to “get something” out of life or love or someone,
What we are actually doing is just pushing it/them away.
Making it impossible for it to come to us naturally.
So finally I became aware of my attachment to “getting something” from the tank experience,
Which I knew wouldn’t work,
And I surrendered.
It was the very last moment of my float,
(I feel like I’m going to cry right now thinking about it)
And I received a message loud and clear.
Here’s the message I received:
I want to live a 100% intuition-based life, and share that life with others.[Later I journaled]:
I want to do what I love, all the time, with no fear.
Just check in with myself/my heart, feel the lightness that indicates a “Yes, Go!” and go towards it.
Trusting, trusting, trusting.
Letting all the fears of why I “shouldn’t” go.
I want the whole world to feel that they have the ability, the self-worth, deservingness, and safety to also do whatever it is that their heart truly desires as well.
To know that they, too, can trust themselves, and their hearts, to know what’s right for them right now
And to have the courage to follow it.
Despite the pain, despite the fear that is guaranteed to come along with it.
I want everyone to truly get to live and love and experience their most incredible and ecstatic lives.[end of journaling].
Some of you may have seen that recently,
I have rebranded myself as an “Ecstatic Life Coach.”
I now primarily coach people towards creating and living their most Ecstatic lives–
Whatever “Ecstatic” looks/feels like for them.
I am supporting a client right now who identified that the reason she wasn’t as happy or as successful as she wanted to be was because she wasn’t giving herself permission to prioritize and schedule in things/people/activities that lit her up and created fun!
She signed up for coaching and within 1 week, had plans to move back to San Francisco where her heart lives and to follow her intuition to create an Ecstatic Life for herself, doing what she loves.
It’s been incredible to watch and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing woman.
Since 2010, I have transformed my life.
- I left a 9 year marriage-like relationship, and another 1.5 year-long one
- I left my nursing career
- I left grad school
- I started meditating
- I stopped drinking/smoking/eating sugar/flour/dairy
- Have lost and kept off 30 pounds (without exercising)
- I pursued a coaching career that allows me the freedom to work from anywhere
- I transformed my relationships with my family
- I created tons of community around me to support me on my path
I’m present, I’m happy, I’m healthy, and I’m well-taken care of.
I know that the reason I have been able to do all of this and more is because of my willingness to listen–
Listen to my intuition.
Listen to my heart.
And go towards it no matter what.
- To go towards it even though I’m afraid of not having enough money
- To go towards it even though I’m afraid of hurting someone I deeply care about
- To go towards it even though I don’t know what’s going to come next
- To go towards it even though I’m afraid I might fall off the wagon and start eating/drinking/smoking/gaining weight again
- To go towards it even if it feels like what I’m dong has NOTHING to do with what my goals are
And so far,
Going towards it no matter what,
Has always provided all of what I’ve ever wanted/needed and more for me.
- I have met the right people to support me
- I have received the amount of money I have needed to support myself and my dreams…
The list goes on.
And I am just so incredibly grateful.
As well as completely overwhelmed with the feedback I’m getting that this way of operating in life,
And I’m not the only one practicing this.
There’s no greatly successful and happy person that I’ve met or researched that does not
“Follow their bliss,” if you will,
In order to live their most Ecstatic lives.
I recommend reading the books:
- The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer
- I Hope I Screw this Up: How Falling in Love with Your Fears Can Change the World by Kyle Cease
for some extra evidence of the effectiveness of starting to live your life this way.
Letting your heart be your guide.
I must say, it’s pretty cool to walk the talk amongst these masters and gurus
And so worth it to receive the many miracles that come along with the willingness to go towards the fear.
Last week, I moved to Bali, Indonesia with a community of people who live/work remotely together.
Doing something like this, for me, is the definition of living my most Ecstatic life right now.
But, just like the message I received in the float tank included,
My living my most Ecstatic life means nothing, if I don’t have the opportunity to share it with all of you.
Because of that fact,
I created a group on Facebook called,
So far in the Facebook group, I have done Live Videos on:
- Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) & Codependency
- Touring my villa in Bali
- Travel stressors//Updates on how I’m doing/settling in
Videos Coming Soon:
- Monkey forest
- Balinese dance
- Coffee farm
- and more!
Last I checked, there were 92 members in the group.
If you’d like to join them and see these videos of:
- Me in my Villa
- Exploring the island
- Sharing about what I’m learning as I work remotely with a community of other like-minded remote workers in Bali, Indonesia
- and get access to more as they come over the next 4 months as I travel around Southeast Asia
When I see your request to join,
I’ll add you right in to grant you your
Free Access for 4 months.
(I’ll be hitting Thailand in December)!
I love you all and I’ll see you in the “Leslie Hits the Road” Facebook group.