A buoyant heart is a happy heart.
A buoyant spirit and attitude to life and the circumstances life brings to us is one of the most beautiful and essential characteristics of our own true nature -- a quality that as we reclaim it and reveal it more fully in our living will transform our lives.
The Collins English Dictionary defines buoyancy in four ways:
1. The ability to float in a liquid or to rise in a fluid.
2. (Physics) the property of a fluid to exert an upward force on a body that is wholly or partly submerged in it.
3. The ability to recover quickly after setback; resilience.
How I see buoyancy
For myself, I think of buoyancy as simply the ever present, unconquerable power of Eternal Love that as we are open to it and true to it, does all it can and then some to bring healing and happiness into our lives.
Mind you, probably what I'm talking about here can't ultimately be defined. But I do know that it is absolutely stable and dependable. And I know that we don't have to try to find it, or create it, or “add it” to ourselves in some way.
It already exists. It is a core ingredient of being. All we have to do is reclaim it and give it increased expression in our living.
5 ways to be buoyant
Here are 5 ways to reclaim the natural buoyancy of life the universe has already given us, so that it infuses itself more fully into our lives and our expression:
1. Keep your trust in life.
Never doubt the essential goodness and love that is at the core of your existence and all existence anywhere. Some beautiful words of the Spanish nun and mystic, St. Teresa of Avila, may be helpful at times: "Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All things pass; God changeth never.”
(A personal note here. The word "God" has been sadly misused in my opinion. In some ways I prefer the word Being, which for me still points to the larger, overarching source of life and existence but in a more accessible way.)
2. Stay true to the true nature of love.
This is the very source of “buoyancy.” Don't let outer changes or disappointments corrupt that core expression of love and change it into something that is unworthy of you. Shakespeare expressed this so well: "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds."
3. Be flexible.
True love is not arbitrary. It's nimble and flexible. Because Eternal Love is the very source of strength, it doesn't confuse strength with being rigid and inflexible.
As the Bible beautifully states (James 3:17): "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy."
4. Keep on keeping on.
There is no substitute for persistence if you want to find true happiness in this world. As President Calvin Coolidge said, "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb…."
Incidentally I came across a cute Japanese proverb the other day: "Money grows on the tree of persistence." (I rather liked like this one.)
5. Don't be too impressed by external forms.
This includes thoughts, of course, our own or other people’s thoughts. If we are too impressed by outer forms and the pronouncements of others our buoyancy level will probably drop in a hurry, because the world is not a particularly buoyant place on the whole at the moment.
Trust Being. Honor Being. Be impressed by Being. Open your heart to the stillness and wisdom of your own being and let that be your guide and support.
Guest post at Good Life Zen
I'm happy to say that Mary Jaksch of Good Life Zen kindly invited me to do a guest post for her. It has been such a pleasure and a first-class learning experience to prepare and submit this post to her. It's up at her site now at the following link:
It's entitled 'How catastrophe can open a door to a new life.' Please check it out and I hope you enjoy it.
I'm sure there are lots of other ways in which we can reclaim the true buoyancy of life. Please drop me a line if you would like to share any of your own thoughts or experiences in this regard.
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