What are you wearing?
I sent this text to a friend last week. Of course, as soon as I hit “send” and I actually looked at the text, I said to myself – “ooh….that doesn’t look good.”
And I quickly typed “That looked weird. What do you think is comfortable to wear?”
Words right? Powerful. I knew what I meant. My friend, who responded “LOL. Leggings and t shirt” obviously knew what I meant. But…in another circumstance….
Now- this anecdote really doesn’t have anything to do with the post I’m about to write. I thought it was just a funny way to introduce the story about something I did last week.
I have a friend S, who is very cool and fun. She is like me, an open minded cynic. She is willing to give anything a try, but always has a little grain of doubt in the back of her mind. This is the perfect friend for me: we had saved a date to play, and when it came time to get an actual plan in place she said to me:
“Let’s do something different.”
“How about a salt room? I saw a groupon.” I said.
“Great. Let’s do it.”
FYI- I love friends like this- willing to try different stuff that is neither illegal or immoral. Fattening is a plus however…
How do I explain this?
It’s a room filled with Himalayan Salt. And there’s lights on the ceiling. There is meditative music in the background. There are two seating options: 1) lay on the ground on the salt itself or 2) lay in a zero gravity lounge chair.
So I laid back on this heavenly lounge chair, at least two comfy blankets on top of me, and I stared at the ceiling and breathed deeply. In and out. In and out. For 60 minutes.
What is it supposed to do?
It is supposed to clear your sinuses. It is supposed to relax you. I don’t know if you know this about me, but I’ve had sinus issues of late. I also have a little trouble relaxing.
Did it work?
Well, I felt relaxed. Seriously. My mind was clear. My body felt a little tingle running through it. I felt clean. My sinuses didn’t feel inflamed. My friend felt the same way. About the breathing and relaxing anyway. I didn’t ask her about the tingle. I mean, I’d already started out the day by asking her what she was wearing- am I really going to ask her if her body is tingling?
Now- here’s the thing: Did we feel good because the salt room actually worked, or was it a placebo effect? We already know by my word play at the beginning, our minds are capable of convincing ourselves of anything, or interpreting things in a variety of ways.
So- did the room do what it promised?
More importantly- does it matter, since the end result was two less stuffy nosed and calmer people?
So here’s todays dime store wisdom:
- Try new things
- Groupon is good if you manage to get the special before it runs out (we missed the special price, but were so excited about the concept we did it anyway- that’s how we roll- we did it without the groupon)
- Be open minded, but not naïve
- Find a friends to have adventures with
- Find your inner peace
- Be careful of how you word a text
- Enjoy the experience that is life
- Don’t add a number 10 just because you have to have some sort of logic to your numerical list