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A buoyant heart is a happy heart

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.

 4. Cheerfulness.

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:

http://goodlifezen.com/2010/11/18/how-catastrophe-can-open-a-door-to-a-new-life-2/#comment-9839

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.

If you enjoyed this post, and would like to read more thoughts from The Happy Seeker, please download my free e-book, "The Wisdom of Serenity: Reclaiming Authentic Happiness" and receive regular e-mail updates.

PS I find I enjoy writing a post first thing Monday, and plan to keep to this rhythm for awhile. First issue of newsletter still pending. Peace and happiness be with you.

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John Sherry November 16, 2010 at 10:26 am

Keep on keeping on is the one for me Christopher – chart your course, navigate life’s eddys and currents, and head for an ocean of possibilities. We are all the captain of our ship! Great idea, well written and very positive or should I say buoyant? Nice one.

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Christopher Foster November 16, 2010 at 11:40 am

Thanks for stopping by John. Much appreciate your kind, encouraging words. You may remember encouraging me some months back to hook up with the A-list Blogger Club — I want you to know I’m very glad I did. Every good wish. It’s a pleasure to share the voyage with you.

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Lance November 17, 2010 at 5:31 am

Christopher,
Like John, I too really like this idea of “keep on keeping on”. It’s in the sticking with what really matters for each of us, that leads us further down the journey into the deeper part of who we truly are. And I find that a beautiful place to venture into…

Much peace,
Lance
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Christopher Foster November 17, 2010 at 8:58 am

Thank you Lance. This is beautiful and so true. As I read your words I thought of something I read in Eckhart Tolle’s book one time, that there is no end to Being — that no matter how deep we go we can always go deeper. I really like your expression, “the deeper part of who we truly are.”

So yes. Let’s stick with what really matters for each of us, as you say. I’m very happy to have met you Lance and be getting to know you better. Perhaps here too in this area we call friendship we can always go deeper. I like the title of your current post by the way …I’ll be hopping on over a bit later.

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Gail Brenner (AFlourishingLife) November 17, 2010 at 10:24 am

Chris,
All of these points together make for a blessed life. Thank you so much for these reminders. One I especially like is flexibility. If we are flexible, moving and changing as needed, then buoyancy is sustainable.

Beautiful truths here…
Love, Gail
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Christopher Foster November 17, 2010 at 11:49 am

I loved sailing when I was younger. It emphasizes exactly what you’re talking about here Gail, the ability to “move and change as needed.” We can’t do anything about the wind, so to speak, it does what it’s going to do in our life. But we can do something about making the changes needed in the moment — while still being as true as we can be to the unwavering nature of our own being. Many thanks for your comment. Blessings.

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Mary Jaksch November 18, 2010 at 3:02 am

Hey, check out Christopher’s outstanding guest post on Goodlife Zen:
http://goodlifezen.com/2010/11/18/how-catastrophe-can-open-a-door-to-a-new-life-2/

You’ve turned into a real hotshot blogger, Chris. And – my gawd – you can write!
Here is a little snippet from a comment Chris wrote on Goodlife ZEN.

“Isn’t it a fine thing that there really is this core of stillness in us all? We’re not just a fuzzy blob of human flesh parading around, at our core is something truly magnificent.”

Isn’t it a fine thing that bloggers emerge who have something to say – and can express their thoughts with tender beauty?

I’ve subscribed to your blog, Chris. Let’s all do it 🙂
Mary Jaksch recently posted..How Catastrophe Can Open a Door to a New Life

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Christopher Foster November 18, 2010 at 9:42 am

Mary, you’re way too kind. I can hardly find words to thank you for all your kindness to me. Having the chance to do a guest post for your blog was a pleasure and a privilege and it was pure joy working with you. In this regard I want to acknowledge your great mentoring. I appreciated so much how you helped me find the right direction for the post — and how you also by the way found EXACTLY the right picture to go with the post.

So happy to share this blogging journey (and life journey) with you Mary and thank you again for your support. May I also say how thankful I am to be part of the A-List Blogger Club that you and Leo Babauta have created and that is such a powerful help to many bloggers.
Blessings.

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Angela Artemis November 18, 2010 at 10:30 am

Christopher,
This was a wonderful post! Your points are right on target. I think a buoyant heart is much overlooked in our culture. We need to float – and well above the fray of the material world if we are to remain happy and centered in this life. Thanks so much for this terrific article. By the way I’m an A-List club member too. Nice to meet you!
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Christopher Foster November 18, 2010 at 11:03 am

It’s a real pleasure to meet you too Angela, I’ve seen your name in the ‘blogosphere’, now it’s good to say ‘hi’ in person so to speak. Happy also to meet a fellow A-List club member. Yes, some would say it’s impossible. But it is possible to float above the ‘fray of the material world’ AND feel deeply at times the pain and anguish that is in it and sometimes in us. Blessings to you Angela.

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Robin Easton November 18, 2010 at 10:31 am

Hi dear Chris, So good to be here. I enjoyed this read, and when I got to #5 I said, “Wow!!, THAT is incredible” I think you are the first person I’ve heard write about the influence of external forms, or letting external forms influence us. I think it is the clear way you have written about it (including thought, etc.) that makes it just jump right out.

I just LOVE this line: “If we are too impressed by outer forms and the pronouncements of others our buoyancy level will probably drop in a hurry”

I really love the first part and that word “pronouncements”. My husband and I have talked about this and how, at least where we live here in Santa Fe, people are FULL of pronouncements. In fact, I’ve started a post about this topic alone, and how we seem to see it as an accepted mode of behavior in our culture. I am often stunned by the pronouncements people walk around making at each other. Santa Fe is a bit like a new-age mecca, and people go around analyzing each other all the time, in the guise of being spiritual, or helpful or insightful. It would take too long to go into here, but I think it a powerfully important statement you have made. It reflects a free thinker.

I hope you are doing well. Thank you for your deep kindness and understanding in your email. I sent a tweet to you but I don’t think you got it, as you may not yet be on Tweet Deck. Tweet Deck can be download for free and is easy to use and it allows you see who is tweeting your work or sending you messages. I tweeted you my last post because I picked 16 of my favorite bloggers and wrote a bit about them in my last post. You, of course, are on that list. 🙂

http://nakedineden.com/nakedinedenblog/16-brilliant-bloggers-with-books/

Huge hugs to my kind friend,
Robin
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Christopher Foster November 18, 2010 at 10:58 am

Huge hugs to you too Robin. You are a true gift in my life, a beacon of support to me that I hope shines back to you too, for surely these things must be fully reciprocal. I love what you say about pronouncements and about Santa Fe. Mind you there’s a lot of pronouncements going on here in Denver too…and once in a while (very rarely of course) a pronouncement even crosses my own lips…

Blessings to you Robin and thank you again for your support. Isn’t it interesting how life draws to us exactly the friends we need in our life right now?
Chris

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Tess The Bold Life November 18, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I find 2 things keep me light every time…truth telling and promise keeping;)

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Christopher Foster November 18, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I’ll sure go along with that Tess. Thanks for stopping by.

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Deborah Robertson November 18, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Dear Chris, thank you for the wise guest post about catastrophe and your 6 lessons learned. I especially resonate with the learning in #5. As a 55 yr old woman, now on my own and reinventing myself after 22 of marriage, I find to my surprize that the great days have fast outnumbered the other kind. This year I have prayed for courage and teachers and been blessed with both. Be well, xx

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Christopher Foster November 18, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Good for you Deborah. And thank you. I think your prayers have been answered because they were true prayers, coming from a pure heart. Your words are very inspiring. Blessings to you, and you be well too.

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GutsyWriter November 19, 2010 at 11:17 am

“There is no substitute for persistence if you want to find true happiness in this world.” The Japanese tree proverb is also excellent. Funny how certain things in life take time for you to mature and truly understand. At least that’s my own case. Now I understand what I didn’t realize up until my late forties. Thanks again. Sonia.

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Christopher Foster November 19, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Sonia, good to see you here and Hi again. I’ve often had exactly the same thought. Some things do indeed take time to understand and as far as connecting with our own core truth and experiencing true happiness is concerned, I think it’s a lifetime proposition. We can always go deeper …which is wonderful isn’t it…

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