Flotation and sensory deprivation tanks

I’m often asked what is flotation and what is a sensory deprivation tank.
This is something I have experienced not too long ago on my semester abroad.
And I can tell you that it is one of the best things I have tried in my short existence.
This is an experience that expands your consciousness, turns you inside out and makes your ego shallow.


The sensory deprivation tank is basically a tool for evolving, developing your mind and becoming who you really are. By the latter I mean becoming the observer, the being that feels emotions, enjoys the sun, and is a part of nature.

The tank is filled with water, the water is heated to the same temperature of your  body, inside the water there are ~500kg of  magnesium sulfate (MgSo4) which makes your body float above, just like in Dead Sea. So basically, you are just laying inside, relaxing and because the water is heated as the same temperature as your body, after a while you stop feeling it and become senseless.


You enter this room, and inside there is a bath and the chamber. You get undressed, take a shower, put ear pods in your ears and step into it. Then by your decision you can float either with an open door, or a closed one.(not everyone can do it with a closed one, but this is when the magic unfolds).
Already inside, you are in this dark place, floating, not feeling anything, not hearing anything, and it’s just you and your mind. And this is the moment when you actually see what really is going on. You begin to listen. Your mind is running like a crazy monkey jumping from thoughts to thoughts without stopping. This is something that needs correction. We have to calm that little animal and put it into a cage. Because remember, you are not your mind.

After a while you begin to relax and get into a meditative state of mind. You start breathing deep, your body becomes more vibrant, you become more aware.The first twenty minutes or so, are a sort of a seminar of your life. It shows you all the different issues of it that you don’t like, things that are bothering you, things about your behavior, disappointments and so on. Things that had happened, why they happened this way and how you should have reacted or done differently.

Once you are done with this contemplation, and clear all that bullshit in your life, you start to think about the big picture. Your body completely settles into the experience and your mind slowly becomes more clear. I personally have thought about the universe, the human beings, each individual’s actions, having different experiences in each others lives and you just go deeper and deeper. All of this without the body in the way.


Imagine yourself like an onion. When you first start doing the isolation tank you peel only a couple of  layers. Couple of skins loose, you can’t really go to the core. It’s too hard to completely let go of who you are. But as you keep doing it and as you get more and more comfortable with the experience you really start letting go. You let go of things that have happened to you, either negative or positive, you let go of emotions, you let go of past relationships, you let go of letting go. And this is the point where you become gone. You disappear. What fades away is the ego, the shell that we have around ourselves. There is a point where you completely relax and feel how everything and everyone is connected.

This is an environment that doesn’t exist anywhere in the world, its free of distractions, that is what it makes it so special. It’s like you find yourself again in your mother’s womb. You get to your center of consciousness and its a hell of a ride.
Everybody should do the tank, you will learn more about yourself, develop your thinking and gain wonderful insights. It’s an amazing way to think.
It was built by the scientist John Lilly, a psychonaut who used the tank under the influence of different psychedelics in order to achieve greater and more profound understanding.

Thanks for reading, and if you want to know more about the topic, you can shoot me a message or take a look at this documentary:
Float Nation

Travelling Rant

Do you like to travel? Yes, you probably do. Although some of us are not daring to do it that is becoming more and more of a rhetorical question.

Traveling is supported by mainstream media, social media, airlines, tour agencies, friends and so on. They are all creating that imaginary lifestyle that we tend to read in the magazines. A mainstream message for a mainstream crowd.

But it wasn’t always like that. Years before the invention of the airplane in 1903 by the Wright Brothers, things were different. And even then they were no commercial flights for the masses. So what did the people do? Didn’t they wanted to travel for the weekend far away. Why shouldn’t they?

Perhaps that was the real game changer shifting from travel “to give” to “travel to get”.

None of us have lived in both those realms. Yet, we can imagine how the history shaped migration through the years. And that was far more interesting than a weekends escape from reality. Moreover from obligations and frames set by somebody else. Where in the times without media and lifestyle were obscure, people did traveled for other reasons.


It was dangerous, you could be killed and you may never see your family again. Imagine the quests of Marco Polo to find the Silk Road.  This courageous attempt led to more and more discovery and exploration. And we can see that he wanted something, but he gave along the way too. He didn’t purchase a safe economic flight to China, he instead sacrificed his life and went for an adventure. Then creating a mutual bond between the west and the east for the first time of history.

You probably have heard that story before. Well how that help me you might ask? It is very simple. Inspire to travel and learn, give and explore. Rather than just going out for the weekend. That is called sightseeing, it is almost like traveling, but in a commoditized form. It is shallow and purposeless leading to more consumerism and hedonism.

And I know you can argue that we don’t have time to travel or money or whatever is there stopping you. But we have choice, to go seek pleasure or explore other culture. There are infinite moves and documentaries nowadays that can show us what is it like there, where we want to go. This is hacking geography and rules that have framed people for centuries. We don’t have those boarders now, yet we waste them for egoistic goals instead.


They are all sorts of travel nowadays, the facts are that with every year the world is becoming more of a safer place.

We can choose our destination, our companions, the vehicle, the time and the activities. We have that freedom that most of us waste. We let some tour agencies decide what we would like, because we were generalized like the group before us. They offer us that what sells. It is a business, a very profitable one indeed.

So what are we left with? The reason I write this post is to bring awareness to a problem I see. It is the simple fact we have that much choices, but the stupidity of neglecting them.  I have recently read this book called Vagabonding, by Rolf Potts and I would recommend it to anyone willing to switch gears and embrace the true uncertainty of travelling.

I do have a lot of personal stories and experience in different countries, which I would like to share too. My preferences are for a meaningful mid-term travelling, speaking about a single place. The way I view it, I need at least 4 months to get to know a single place, perhaps even more. But that is the bare minimum to connect with the culture by talking with locals and doing your desirable activities.

PS: Customize your travel.

What is the role of science, how is it designing our life?

What is the role of science, how is it designing our life?

Science is for those who seek more. It is all around us. We can learn more about our reality thanks to new emerging technologies, crafted with the power of science.

Do we need an artificial substances to feel complete? Of course no.

What this centuries technology brings us is far beyond what supplements used to be. The topic of should you consume any superficial supplements is very flooded, however I believe there is a simple rule of thumb that could be helpful.

If you are taking enough nutrients – macros and micro elements, with organic food itself. That is great, however if you can not get enough of them with food alone, you might consider some supplements.

An interesting book that I read is Stealing Fire, by Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheel. They discussed an influence of science in our future health and optimization. It is profound to understand how to trigger our flow states and use them proficiently.

I talked about flow before, you can find that article here. Today’s article is going to be a little more in-depth. I would to make you familiar with science terms and researches I have read and listen to recently. It is very deep topic, however I believe it is very important for our future. In particularly for our design and well-being. By design I mean everything we build up in our lives, including business, health and relationship aspects.

We are designed to design, and design re-designs us back.

Our perception is influenced by our environment constantly. We create our values based on what we see and what we feel entitled to. All set of influences combined help us shape our own subjective reality. Which we can design. And why do not make it in a way that is going to serve us good? We have unlimited choices. Everything from home location, to job or people that we spend our time with.


More interestingly we can design our body, our system. We could upgrade make it, not only better, but even greater. Neuroscience has a wide scope of subjects interwoven between each other. Where it is main subject is the central and peripheral nervous system. Think of it like a big platform. Where all other subject as pharmacology, psychology and technology come into play. Those domains of science, when merged together are exploring new field of life design. A new form of design, not meant to be comfortable, yet leading us to new discover our full potential. They are optimizing our well-being. Let me clarify here:

Fulfilment is set of all basic human needs met – such as food, shelter, sex, etc

Well-being is the ability to sustain a stage of fulfillment.

Jordan Greenhall

Why we need to know all this?

It is vital to understand the how to connect the dots, more than creating new. Where people rarely find a purpose and a mission in their life we ought to seek without quitting. The power behind all that is living a life with the strong conviction that you matter and your cause matter, where flow comes into play.

We can can’t connect the dots looking forward, we can only see them looking back.

Steve Jobs

We can do what we haven’t even dreamed for. We can outperform our own visions.

Being willing to sacrifice your comfort and going beyond that default zone is a stretch asking our body to support the efforts we exert. And I am not talking about a single battle. It is a constant push, a small hop every day. Leading to us to make that big jump. And when enough of us do it, the whole civilization will.

Our body needs to recover to sustain that tempo and looking for food in the corner store isn’t going to solve it. But we all know that.

Perhaps something new will be the use of neuroscience, pharmacology and psychology to push ourselves to go along that road.

PS: I hope that sparked your interest about the topic. I will get more specific with the following posts.



Where does competition leave us?

Competition is one side of the spectrum. Dive in to see the other.

Have you ever chase something just to be better than somebody else? Just making that much effort to step above the other and boost your ego?

Yesterday I was competing, and I lost the first match. Meaning you are out, direct eliminations. However, Jiu Jitsu is a wonderful sport and I believe that I meant to learn something from that experience. And I did.

Being calm and in the right mindset is essential for those moments. Also physical and skill preparation. But something was missing.


I had those moments of glory so to speak when I have won. I had times when I was down too. Being a winner is a personal trait, that could be cultivated. With a deliberate action and discipline towards a goal. It is programmed in our system, in our human brain that we need to win. Back in time that was on a life or death matter. A victory may be to kill a predator trying to eat you alive or to survive a hard weather conditions. Now we are barely left with a boost of ego from that. We seek victory to put ourselves in a better social position. With that there are more than some material benefits, but more of them aren’t. It is a vital feeling for a person to feel needed and helpful. However, victory is a level above that default level. It amplifies your sense of self, you get pretty proud and sufficient. And that can come from a lot of ways, not only from sports. Winning means progress, while it isn’t the only way.

Winners draw attention to themselves and we adore them. It is absolutely natural. But here is something we rarely consider. We no longer rely on “win” or “die” mentality to survive and live. Life is easy and we are getting more comfortable than ever. While there is no wonder why some of the best world-class athletes are coming from a background of low status family. Nearly surviving around the poverty line. Because they are already living in those harsh conditions and getting out is the only way.

It is vital for us to keep the cooperative part within us as well.

Imagine competition is the far left side of the spectrum and cooperation is the far right side. When we are not cooperating we are competing and the vice versa. Why is that? Simply because when you pursue your desire to win you are being driven by a pushing force within you. With other words you are intrinsically motivated to win, you push yourself. While cooperation is the opposite, you are being pulled to contribute to the whole team, you are being pulled to act for the common good. Where, there is no good or bad between those two. But you are either on one side of the spectrum or the other. So what is in the middle than? An indecisive person trying to do both in the mean time. I felt that was what I experienced on my last competition. And cooperation is thus far more important for me. I have always been more cooperative than competitive. There was this moment, when I was still going to taekwondo competitions. In fact I was like twelve years old or close. I vividly remember that series of competitions where me and another kid from the club were fighting versus each other. That was so stupid for me, I couldn’t play my best. Where those fights were the finals. It was beautiful how we climbed after each fight to finally meat at the top, but being there was awkward.


A prediction on a global scale is that we are going to dispensary as a civilization, if we don’t change the rules of the game. We are not allowed to win that with anger and fist fight, but with a much more intelligent way. Helping everybody to start even and finish where they want. But living in cooperation is hard. We all seek that next benefit for ourselves and we ain’t willing to share it. It is hard to build a foundation where everybody is going to be socially responsible for his own acts. However, there are much more entrepreneurs and businesses who start making those decisions to strive for mutual good. For increasing life standard ubiquitously. 

Be here. Now.

What is up, people?

Have you heard about the present moment? It is the best place where you can possibly be. If you are living right here, now, consciously and with awareness, you are rich.
Don’t anticipate and don’t cling onto things from the past. Let the past go, with  forgiveness and let the future go with no anticipation and no expectations.  Who do you think you are? I believe we are souls, wearing a human body, having a human experience. We are here on this earth to grow ourselves, do acts of kindness and help each other, no matter what.

Everything is connected and everything happens for a reason. The people you meet, the things that are happening to you, the cat down the road, everything.
We have a creative power deep within us, but the way we were raised and conditioned to live in today’s society has caused us to forget. Life is a game and if you don’t wake yourself up, you will be forever playing on the lower levels. How do you escape?

Hit the books,develop critical thinking and start being present.

Art by Alex Grey

On the surface its seems like the present moment is only one of many moments. Each day of your life appears to consist of thousands of moments where different things happen. Yet if you look more deeply is it not only one moment ever? Is life ever not this moment ? This one moment is the only thing you can never escape from. The one constant factor in your life. No matter what happens, no matter how much your life changes. One thing is certain, it’s always now. Since there is no escape from the now, why not welcome it? Become friendly with it? When you make friends with your present moment you feel home, no matter where you are. If you don’t feel home in the now, no matter where you go you will carry unease with you.  The present moment is as it is. Always. Can you let it be? The division of life into past, present and future is manmade. Time is a social construct. It’s an illusion. Do you think time exists in nature? Do you think the flower looks at its hand watch and says to itself – “Oh look it’s almost 07:00 am i should blossom”


Mental abstraction, the past can only be remembered now. What you remember is an event that took place in the now and you remember it now. The future,when it comes is the now, so the only thing that is real, the only thing that ever is, is the now.
Acknowledge the present moment, honor it. When the now is your primary focus of your life, your life unfolds with ease. Washing the dishes, studying for an exam, talking with a mind-boggling professor, planning a trip. What is more important the doing or the result that you want to achieve through the doing? This moment or some future moment? Do you treat this moment as if it were an obstacle to overcome? Do you wait for the future to bring good moments?  If you are not living in the now, the future brings discomfort and tension. Let me explain myself with an example. You have an exam next week, a very important one.
What is going on in your mind? “Am i going to take it?” “What if i fail?” “What if my mind stops and I don’t write anything”?  All sorts of these kind of questions. You stress without a reason, and bring low-frequency vibes to your life.

Feel the aliveness within your body, that anchors you into the now.
Ultimately you are not taking responsibility for your life, until you take responsibility this moment, now. Now is the only place where life can be found. Taking responsibility for this moment, means not to impose or argue with what is. It means to be in alignment with life.
To accept things as they are.

A simple but radical spiritual practice is to accept whatever arises into the now, within and without. Never carry on tension from the past. It is gone. It does not exist. No room for trouble making, just this moment as it is. The moment you enter the now with your attention, you realise that life is sacred. The more you live into the now, the more you feel the simple, yet profound joy of being and the sacredness of all life. The present moment is deeper that what happens in it. It is the space in which it happens. The Now is deeper that any content that arrises in it. When you tap into the now you step out of your content of your mind. Excessive thinking slows down, and thoughts don’t draw you into daydreaming. Gaps arise in between thoughts.
Stillness, you begin to realise how much vaster and deeper you are than your thoughts. You are not your mind.


In conclusion i will leave you with a book on the topic:

The power of now

Routines. What are they and why we need them?

Routines. What are they and why we need them?

Honestly, I need to say I hated routines. I just didn’t want to do the same thing over and over again. Like a rat running in a hamster wheel. Where was that going to lead me? What for? 

But hear me out here, please. Routines are that much important then doing something new. The key point is that without a routine you can’t go anywhere deep enough to produce meaningful results. I am talking about work and self-build habits here, where those can be implemented anywhere anytime. And the most shocking truth is that we have routines doesn’t matter, if we like them or not. We are just blind for those we do already.  Hating  routines is unproductive. It’s like an action paralysis. 

I will explain. I know it is absolutely boring to do some routines and I am not advocating to stop being creative. But rather being all over the place, making a set of routines is essential to results. It is slow repetitive action, grind. And, if you are having a though time getting on board with loving your routines are creating new. Well that is easy to overcome. It is a matter of grit. You may think that you don’t have energy or it will be boring, you don’t have motivation yada, yada. In other words just simple mental blocks. We aint been born like a robot all programmed to be excellent, So we need to learn from the best practices. And first step to optimize your life is by setting routines. That will make you much more productive, organized and it will actually save you nerves and time.

Why do we make routines?

Most of the time we do so even unconsciously. It is our human nature. It is drilled in a our nervous system and muscles. Lets take a look at what snowboarders and elite athletes are doing. They train day and night, for days. Doing that specific movement over and over again. Perhaps looking like idiots while training doing the same thing. However, it is a much deeper process and they know it. It is going to affect your performance later on. It will save you time. It will be smother. It will turn off your judgmental mind. It will become unconscious. This is huge. 

Where athletes don’t call them “routines”, the word itself it is actually affected with bad reputation already. Simply “drills”. Drilling is rapid and effective. Doing them over and over make you reduce the unpredictable factors outside of your control. It is a focused process of action that allows you to stay confident. That happens when you have built those neural pathways and the movement is drilled down in your muscle memory.

When I was training Taekwon-do I have done tons of drills. Every training session is entails them. The same is now, practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and snowboarding. It is inevitable to gain that calm state of confidence. Based on past experience. That’s how you gain expertise.

From where to start? 

There are a lot of business books on how habits and routines work. And which are  “the best” practices. A few recommendations are “5 sec rule” Mel Robbins, “The power of habit” Charles Duhigg, the classic “7 Habits of highly effective people” Steven Covey.  And much more. I might share my book list in the near future. Goodreads is a wonderful platform. I try to systemized them there.

However, just reading those books won’t be a change itself. If you read many books, the only thing you will improve is your reading skill. And that is fine, unless you want something deeper than that. We speak here about behavior change, most likely entailing identity change. That is just a word, but I will discuss it in other post. Shortly it is sometimes the case to drop an old habit to replace it with a new one.

And to sum up, I would like to leave you with a simple practice exercise. Try to write your routines at home. Just those when you spend your time there. Make a long list of those things you spend time doing the most. And see what is your browsing routine. This one is huge. Block the websites you are wasting much time in.

By making this simple analysis you will be able to see that you actually have routines, everybody does. So why not upgrade those which doen’t excell you?


How to make the best out of your work and travel experience

Hi beautiful people!

First of all what I would like to suggest to you is do not plan out your summer experience. At all! Yes don’t make any plans. Go with the flow. I do not mean to be passive and lazy, but instead try to surf through the waves of life, like a surfer in the ocean. We are all floating in a river, that carries you along the way. Some people are swimming against it, other however have learned that a good way to go through it is to swim with it. By going with the river you acquire its force.
It’s about wakeful trust and total collaboration with whats happening with you and inside your life at this point. Do not go with the mindset of making money either. It might sound crazy to some of you but bear with me for a while, I will explain myself. This opportunity to go overseas and visit a foreign country is not only about working three jobs from morning to evening and making paper.


Do not go there to get exploited and to work shitty jobs. What helped me along my journey was going there without any expectations and totally mind free. What you need to remember through your journey is the art of being PRESENT. So called living in the present moment. Here and now. You see, we humans are very strange beings. We stress about the future all the time, we cling onto past experiences, and if you think about it does it really make sense to do such thing? You cannot change the past, it has already happened, and the future is too uncertain. When you aren’t being present you become a victim of time. Your mind is pulled into the past or future, or both. You start to vibrate on lower frequencies and cannot make the best out of your everyday life. Enough for the present moment for now, I will explain it deeper in another post. Don’t stress, don’t pressure things and be patient.

Have you heard about the backwards law? A concept created and popularized by the western philosopher Alan Watts. Simply put, the backwards law is a paradoxical theory which states that the more you focus on something the less the chance that you will succeed. The harder you try to do something the less you are to accomplish it. The more that you pursue feeling better all the time, the more dissatisfied you end up being. Now, you cannot apply this to every aspect of your life. But try to remember it and use it sometimes when times get difficult. Simply step back, observe and let things sort themself out.


You want to  use any travel experience to grow within and be the best version of yourself. Try to explore as much as you can and to socialize with different people everyday. Wake up every morning and have a positive mindset by thinking how you are going to meet interesting people and do some mad adventures.
Find a job offer that suits your needs. Housekeeping sucks,dishwashing sucks, working in a laundry room sucks. Best jobs offers are found in the hospitality environment. Such are bussers, servers, bartenders and anything that includes tips. These are the job offers that will get you the best money for the least time.
You can work from six to eight hours a day and save about 10000$ for 4 months working a server job or bartending which is the best job for a J1 student like you and me. What you do with the rest 16 or 18 hours is up to you. You can go to the beach to enjoy the sun, swim, hike, bike, go exploring,meditate or whatever comes to your mind. Think about something that will make your life good and help you in your future affairs. Invest in yourself at any time possible.
What I did is spend a lot of time in the woods and swim in the cold waters of Tahoe  every single day! You have to make the best of every day because this experience doesn’t last that much, and it is such a great opportunity. It gets you out of your comfort zone, and this is the place where we grow as individuals and create ourselves.
You must become the creator of your life. The initiator and the observer. Not a victim of circumstances. You are the one who creates the circumstances and affect them, not the other way around.
I will give you a personal example. I got kicked out from my house and I became homeless but I didn’t stress or whined about my situation. I grabbed my hammock and went camping on the lake. I was waking up every morning with the sun shining in my eyes and after a gentle yoga I was in the lake swimming. What im saying is I accepted things as they are. Do no judje them.  I knew in my head that I will figure something out. A week later I was living in a house with a mexican family.And their two little dogs – Gucci and Bonbon. Sometimes you have to look at things from a different perspective. Try to find light in every dark spot. Make the best out of every situation and ask yourself – Okay,what is the best thing I can go in this moment? Will it server me any good? Is it worth it?


Nothing is impossible, American employers love people who are initiative, open-minded and intelligent. You can work whatever you want and make as much money as you want as long as you believe it, and of course put the work!
Afterall our belief system plays a major part in our lives. You are what you BELIEVE you are. If you believe that you will be a housekeeper and work for shitty wage in a shitty hotel, then what do you expect? My last experience was a big experiment for me.
I went to the states at the last moment and worked in a cafe washing dishes. This went on for a month and I was pissed. In my head I knew that I was capable of doing something much more and that I had a big potential. Couple of days later I began working for a luxury club bartending and serving. How crazy is that? Before coming to the states I visualized in my head such thing. That I will work in a luxurious place with rich people.
I suggest you to read two books that will help you along your future journey in life.

Your Invisible Power
Awaken the Giant Within

Quick insights:

Always try to find the cheapest accommodation. No more than 100$ per week!
And this is even too much!
Whatever people say, you can always find something low-priced and affordable.
I spent two summers in CA, and people always ask me the same thing – “Wasn’t it expensive?” No, I always tried to find the cheapest deal. “Seek and you will find”

A great method of transportation. It’s free and you meet new people. I mean how great is that? I lived 15km away from my workplace and instead of paying 2$ for a bus ride, i just hitchhiked every time i went to work. Fun!

Try to meet new people and make friends.
This is massive. You can create friendships for a lifetime with people all over the world! And guess what, it opens so many doors for you! You might meet your soul mate also,who knows.

It is not necessary to stay at a job that you don’t like and enjoy. I mean life is short, why make it unpleasant? Even if it’s your main offer from the agency, you can quit that and find something that is more valuable and worthy for you. Something fun, maybe a beach attendant? Of course engage in such things with wise mind and awareness.

In conclusion, I will give you a quote to contemplate on:
Buy the ticket, take the ride – Hunter S. Thompson