One Thing Better with Christopher Foster, 82-year-old blogger of wisdom and grace

Look at that beautiful face!

One Thing Better is a weekly series featuring some cool creator I’m intrigued with, in a one-question interview format.

It’s a simple premise. Each week someone answers The Question.

Ahhhh, man, I admire this week’s One-Question Interviewee immensely. 

I stumbled across Christopher Foster a couple of years back — and it was a revelation. Instead of the rah rah you find on most blog sites — including mine — at The Happy Seeker you feel as if you’ve been plunked into the center of an eternal stream. 

There Chris imparts gentle profundity so languidly you feel nestled in the lap of Buddha. 

I read every post. Often two and three times. They are rich and they are sustaining. Wise and humble. Filled with heart-soul.

I dare you to find anyone blogging today who leaves you feeling equally serene and electrified. 

More than anyone I’ve encountered Chris seems to truly live in the timeless now. Thankfully he reports back to us.

Click here to see a photo of Chris Foster with his child bride. (Oh, and the link will also tell the tale of me meeting Chris in person for the first time while on a cross-country art trek last spring.)

The Question:

What one thing have you been doing recently that’s making your life better?

Christopher Foster:

I’m doing more meditation these days and the more I do it, the more I enjoy doing it and realize how valuable it is for me to take deliberate time, especially in the evenings, to do this. 

I wouldn’t say that what I do is a hi-tech, formal meditation. I employ these ingredients. 

1. I do some serious abdominal breathing, sometimes called therapeutic breathing. 

I started out some time back counting to 10 with my breaths, going back to the beginning if my mind wandered, and now I vary. 

When I feel like it, I go to 100 breaths or more. It is remarkable how belly breathing relaxes me. 

2. The other thing I’m doing is just taking a moment anytime during the day  for instance when I’m at the coffee shop  to focus on something that is very subtle but always present: the feeling of my own spiritual presence, if I could put it that way. 

I realize more and more clearly that my eternal reality, the truth of me, is always present. I’m always ‘here.’ 

I look for the faint feeling of that eternal presence that is the true identity of all of us and the more I look for it the more I “find” it. 

My love to you Evan. You’re one of my best friends, you know?

Check out Christopher Foster’s book (and buy it) (and read it!):

The Secret Promise of Aging: Finding Meaning, Joy and Inner Peace as Years Fly By

For you 

Evan Griffith
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