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. 

When you are lost

When you are lost is a time to act even more!

Everybody gets at place in time, where they are in between a crossroad, perhaps with multiple exits. And this is mine.

In this age of revolutionary technologies creating spacecrafts and virtual realities we have absolute infinite possibilities. How can we tap into those is our personal choice and responsibility. However, I found it very hard to choose a medium. Business is a big one, but is it really a medium or even a smaller section of the spectrum? Speaking from my observations I see many friends, from cross countries, that constantly change jobs. Throughout our working life we specialize deeper and deeper. We get a new job and suddenly from there we see something related to what we want to do, but not exactly. Which leads to the next, where we see another subtle thing that redirect us to another domain. But eventually we are going to reach that point of less things to try and much to upgrade. Meaning its time to commit and specialize.

Life is based on decisions, and those can be especially hard to make when you are young. Isn’t it funny that the most important decisions in our life are in our 20’s, when we are not that mature. We ought to make them better in any case, for personal benefits – generally. But it is true.


The earlier you decide the faster you are going to see if that is the right decision or not. Action is a tool, in this case, to test decisions. You are melting time with action, much faster than with thinking about stuff. Why? Simply because action gives you feedback that you need and thinking give you nothing in return, by itself only.

Life choices over time are going to bring value, doesn’t matter which way we take. It is going to lead us to the right destination. Having faith is key to honor your decisions. You honor them everyday with action.  Only if you believe that you are making the right choice. Make a choice and never look back. At least for some time.

Keep in mind that from making a choice. That decision is sealing the commitment that is putting you in a situation, in witch new choices emerge. It never ends. Why not get better at it than?

When you are lost is time to act even more

I am a fan of the following quote “Live your life in your 20’s as you are planting the seeds you are going to harvest at your 30’s”. Which I directly relate with experimentation, but that needs to be measured, wisely. Any new endeavor is gonna give you something, however it takes time. And time to reflect about it, is in fact saving time. Simply give yourself time to try out something new, but go hard in it. Like a new internship, it takes 3-4 months, sometimes even six. Later evaluate and decide if you are going to enroll or switch lanes (gangsta). Ask yourself what is valuable and go for it. Both for you and society. Where you are the one doing it, you will be the one struggling/enjoying and society is going to reject/appreciate it.

PS: Everybody has a lifestyle, the difference is who made yours. Is it self created, copied or influenced ? 

When plans turn to reality

Here I explain how I make plans and what happens when they turn to reality

Here it is, deep snow, powder, basically sponsored to snowboard. Not a simple plan, a dream come true. Just about a year, after I glimpsed the world of snowboarding. 

In a small place, somewhere in the mountains in Czech Republic. A resort which is known as “the best” in the country. It is pretty magical. For the people who have been already to top resorts in the leading countries it may sound a little exaggerated. But for me that was everything that I was planning get.

This currently brought me to mind how plans are made and how important that is for our goals and dreams. We all have them, but sometimes we rather play it more carefree. Why? Because we tend to be mindless about them or as I often rationalize myself, spontaneous. Well there isn’t anything bad with spontaneity per se, but it is not effective in the realm of results.

It can be a good thing to plan. But sometimes you set to less tasks or too more. You miss the center, the perfect effort for the perfect result. And nothing is perfect, rather optimal it can always be. How than we can make it come true? Despite all factors coming across this topic time and action are critical. With enough time you can distribute action, but when you don’t have it… We all what follows, more work and less sleep. As the old waiter’s saying “If you don’t use your head, you will use your legs”.

All that counts, after all are the results.

newspaper_desk_lamp_telephone_letter_string_bag_54374_1280x1024.jpgIn order to start tackling issues along the way to meet than plan you made for yourself we need to consider the following. This I remember clearly from some classes in my second year in university. Plans are entirely focused on the internal, where predicting is focused on the external. Meaning, when you plan things, whatever it might be, they are all at your locus of control. Making a birthday party, planning a vacation, getting a rise, better job, etc. The planning process and the e is your responsibility, because it is within your locus of control. I view planning as a systematic way of solving tasks along the way, until you reach the final destination. It is that simple. Predicting is the opposite, though. Like the weather forecast, for example, we know it’s based on science, but it’s not 100% accurate. Like all predictions. Why? Because they are outside your locus of control. You are reaching out for something, but that same thing is dependent on too many factors, which are also outside your control. When it happens that your predictions about the future meet, you deserve at least to pat yourself on the back. Because it is very rare to meet predictions with reality. As, if it is a final decision(the event) that is carried over time where things change and we see how our bets(our prediction) move during that time, when we said it is the moment.

That’s why it’s better on focusing on planning, not predicting.

When all struggles finally end, it is time to celebrate. It’s up to you how. Just make it memorable. That really helps to make you believe yourself more and build confidence. It’s simple. Start small so you get more references, of job well done. But, often you have to lower your criteria about the outcome. It’s not going to be anything glamorous the first time, but it will be over time. If you stick with the path.

That moment, when your plans meet, though, it’s so sweet. It lights you up, it makes you happy. And you honor it with pleasure.

Well those are the moments we all seek, but then occurs strange realization. As we enjoy the benefits of our plans we make new ones, often towards the same direction. To support those happy moments and for future. By creating new plan … It will never end, so why not getting better at it.

PS: The internet here isn’t much reliable, yet I will found a way to post more often.



Time off

Working and grinding is necessary to survive. And essential for success. However, why do we work so much if we can’t enjoy what we currently have?

Everybody has a different way to spend their free time. That’s a sure thing. But one thing is fairly common – we get bored. We need variety. Sometimes spontaneous invitation can makes us jump and do things we might never considered possible. While planned trips and vacation may turn out very boring and disappointing. That’s what we don’t want to happen.

Do we have to make plans for a our spare time?

You never know what is going to happen when you make a trip to unknown places. Even if you plan it. Randomness is the key element for a fun vacation. With the right amount of it you will get to see things that you would never be able to plan. And conversely by making plans we block our time and the possibility of missing out.

Have you ever had a vacation that you expect all year and after which you need to go back to work, but you feel tired? You are not alone. I believe that is how it should be. That doesn’t mean it hadn’t have a exciting time off. While some people prefer getting into sleep and no action activities, they get tired too. In fact, doing nothing is even harder sometimes, isn’t it?

It is this time of the year when everybody has some extra time off. And we have planned things for the big moments, Christmas and NYE. And friends and family are there to make it special. In the mean time there might be something extra time left for us.

Eating snacks and Nutella is the perfect remedy for a dark, cold night. Why not? Because we more prone to lose momentum.

Getting off track is a luxurious moment. Rather keep celebrating with a pace that preserves your habits. Otherwise, braking momentum is going to require much energy and work to get back on track.

PS: Happy holidays! Experience the cold season.