Achieving Buoyancy

In our often hectic lives, balance is something that is always being touted as the key to achieving maximum success and happiness. Perhaps we are missing the real wonder of buoyancy, rather than mere balance. I’ve recently discovered this, in learning to dive, and will never be the same.

In our lives, we are restricted by a multitude of constraints, gravity included.

Achieving buoyancy under water is like floating in inner space, traveling to another world. There is nothing like it. While buoyancy on land has certain limitations, back to gravity again, it is possible to achieve buoyancy every day in our lives, by letting go, letting things be, going with the flow.

What I didn’t realize, before trying it myself, if that diving is like underwater yoga. The number one lesson is to always breath, and never hold your breath. It is essential to breath slowly and deeply. As you drift along, you literally follow your breath. Rather than moving with your breath, as in yoga, your breath moves you – literally. This is something I’ve done in reverse through yoga, but it takes on a whole new dimension under water.

There are many lessons to learn in diving. My journey has just begun. I’m looking forward to many more adventures in exploring new depths of this world, and myself.




  1. 'Drea on March 7, 2011 at 4:13 am

    I definitely have to remind myself to breathe deeply during the day.

    I read this article about how so many of us walk around constricted because we don’t breathe properly…

    Hope that you continue to have fun with your diving lessons.

  2. Ms. Miel on March 7, 2011 at 5:41 am

    ‘Drea – Breathing is definitely essential, and something that many don’t take the time to focus on. This is important both above and below the water. Looking forward to more dive adventures as well.



  3. Darcy Cronin on March 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Reminds me of a paper written about the so-called work/life balance, and they suggested that the goal should be to soar or fly since you don’t really want to set your life up as an either/or, but you need to get that high level view.

    Buoyancy sounds even nicer though!

  4. Darcy Cronin on March 7, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Reminds me of a paper about the so-called work/life balance and how the goal should really be to soar or fly…you don’t want to set your life up as an either/or paradigm, and you do need that higher level perspective to keep things flying toward your goals…buoyancy sounds more peaceful though!

  5. Beau on March 15, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Hi Miel!

    This is Beau Emmett. I just by chance came across a random blog comment that you’d left for me over a year ago! Wow.
    You can contact me at [email protected]

    Hope you are well! Your adventures look incredible.

    Beau 😀

  6. L. Marie Joseph on March 28, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I see you went to Somalia, is it as bad as they say?

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  8. Sustainable Family Finances on April 17, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Marie – Well the answer to the Somalia questions isn’t an easy one. Somaliland, in the north, is quite stable and pretty secure (where I visited).

    Somalia proper, near Mogadishu is pretty volatile, and basically doesn’t have a functioning government and is controlled by a terrorist group, Al Shabaab. They rule the place, kick out NGOs, kidnap Americans, bomb other countries in Africa, pretty much not good guys.

    They recently had a tourist show up in Mogadishu, apparently just to get a stamp in his passport just to say he was there, and they weren’t so pleased with this.

    Safe travels,


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