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Float to Calmness

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So yesterday I wrote about one of the two birthday presents I got from Sir Atticus. Today I will write about the other one: a gift of calmness, clarity, and zen. 😀 It’s this thing called floating. You go in a floating pod filled with extremely salty water to float for an hour. The pod can be closed, which would get the pod to be in complete darkness and with earplugs in, it’s an entirely sensory deprived environment.

Kuvahaun tulos haulle float kallioI’m not big on meditating, partly because I don’t know how to do it. I have one of those loud minds, I’m constantly thinking of something. I simply can’t quiet my mind to save my life. So while I’ve been interested in trying floating for a long time, just because sensory deprivation is an interested of mine, I didn’t believe in the meditation part one bit. I mean, I didn’t believe I would be able to do it. So Sir then bought me my first time at floating, and I went with an open mind to try something new. At this age, a completely new experience is the best gift ever. I went to this little place quite near where I live called Float Kallio. Kallio is a part of the Helsinki that is next to my neighborhood. It’s this stylish little place with only two floating pods but very spacious joint showers and luxury towels and cosmetic products provided. So basically, you don’t need to bring anything with you but a hairbrush. 🙂 The guy working there gave very good advises for first-timers and also tips to find the best position to float. For example for me, having my arms up next to my head felt more natural than the arms to my side position. I was nervous whether I could relax my neck, but surprisingly I didn’t even need the little floaty thing for necks that was provided.

Aiheeseen liittyvä kuvaMusic was playing the first 10 minutes and I spent it finding my position and turning off the light. Once the music stopped, the proper sensory deprivation began. The only thing I was hearing was my own breathing. And with its hypnotic rhythm, I slowly enter a state that was familiar in a distant way, it was like subspace except for this time it wasn’t sensory overload but the complete opposite. My head emptied out naturally, my mind calmed and nothing else but my breathing existed. I drifted off twice and I was woken up only by my own muscles jerking like they sometimes do right before falling into deep sleep. It was very very relaxing. An hour of floating felt longer, but I wasn’t bored at any point. My body felt heavy right after I got out but after 15 minutes of so, I felt more relaxed than after having an hour-long massage. The true benefits of floating, however, became apparent afterward. It’s been a week now, and my mind is still calm as water. I can focus better on what I’m doing right now and my mind won’t wander. I have this ‘everything-is-going-to-be-okay’ feeling throughout the week although I’ve been sick and should be feeling miserable. I guess even an one-hour shut-down of your brains can work miracles. And I imagine if I am stressed, floating would help me even more. And as an extra bonus, the salty water worked miracles on my skin and hair. It softens my hair and smoothes out my skin, the salt working as a gentle exfoliator without the actual scrubbing part.

I would definitely go back, and even consider making it a monthly thing. And if someone asks what Sir Atticus got me for my birthday, I can say that He gave me a peace of mind. 😛

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Visit Helsinki – The Old Market Hall

Most of my life, I’ve spent it either living in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, or near it. But no matter where I live, I am forever a Helsinki gal at heart. I loooove this little city, and after living in its neighbor city for over the last 4 years, I finally moved back to my favorite city couple of months ago. So I got this inspiration to create this ongoing series in which I would showcase places and adventures in Helsinki. The first place, I chose The Old Market Hall in the harbour of Helsinki right in the center.

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Ten Things I Love about Myself

Happy International Women’s Day! Today it’s all about the ladies. 🙂 So in celebration, I’m going to make a list about ten things I love about myself, cos you know, some self-love never hurt anyone. 😛

1. This girl is loyal. Like loyal with a big L. Once you got me on your corner, you got me for life. Or as long as I’m wanted. As long as you got my trust, you also got my loyalty.

2. A wicked, sometimes sick, always naughty sense of humor. It’s also sarcastic and I sometimes go quite far with my jokes, and it’s definitely not for everyone. But if you happen to like my brand of humor, then I’m extremely fun to be around with. 😛 I can also take jokes well, it would be a challenge to offend me. On the other hand, I’ve been told that I can be quite offensive too. 😀

3. So so emotional. Might have something to do with the fact that I feel every emotional deeply, and I keep my heart open to them. That might also mean that all the good and bad things would affect me greatly, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Cos without the bad, I wouldn’t know what good is.

4. Generous. My mom always says that I behave like a rich person but in truth, I’m quite poor. 😀 I’m one of those people who love to share, and I’m very good at giving gifts.

5. Hedonistic. I love to do things I enjoy doing, and I usually choose my pleasure over everything else. I get easily addicted to things and I’m not afraid to express my obsessions.

6. Curious as a cat. Towards everything in life. In the end of the day, I just love stories. Stories about anything, that’s why I like documentaries, books, movies, history. Just anything that comes with a good story, I want to know. One of the most thrilling things in life is learning something new.

7. Passionate. Guess it’s tied to being hedonistic, but I really don’t have a second gear. I either feel very passionate about something, or I can be utterly nonchalant. I’m not afraid to use extreme words like love and hate and also mean it.

8. Weird and quirky. Well, here’s the thing, I don’t think I am but I’ve been told so many times that I just decided to own it. Someday I would list things I do that are, said to be, weird. 😛

9. Durable. I admire this trait about myself. That no matter how much and how many times I get hurt, I always bounce back and I’ll be ready to do it all over again.

10. My eternal and tireless pursuit of happiness. Me being happy tends to be the most important thing in my life, and sometimes I pursuit happiness even when I know something is not good for me or something might not end well. A bit like eating a lot of chocolate.

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Here it is, a short and hopefully sweet post to celebrate the awesomeness of women. 🙂 Do share something you love about yourself in the comments!