Be Like Water
When I was born, I shared the water on this planet with just over 3 billion people. Today, I’m sharing it with 7.7 billion and growing — at a rate of 85 million people per year — and it’s a safe bet that each and every one of those people are thirsty.
The average human can only last about three to four days without water. Water provides all the systems of the body with the power it needs to hydrate, refuel, detox and thrive. Somewhere between 60-70% of our bodies are made up of water. Several billion years ago, a few single-celled organism started focus groups, formed bonds, discussed logistics, and eventually crawled their way out of the primordial soup. At one time, oceans covered the planet. At one time, dinosaurs roamed the earth. We’ve come a long way since then, but we’re still drinking the same water the dinosaurs did. When scientist search for new planets to live on, they look for water first because without water, we’re toast.
Bottled water is big business but it doesn’t necessarily benefit the commons. Water companies blithely pull billions of gallons of water from underground aquifers — water that belongs to all of us — then put it in bottles and sell it back to us with no value added. The product wasn’t altered or added to, just bottled, yet they sell it to us for upwards of $10/gal. (As opposed to Guinness which has tremendous value added!)
Wait, what? Doesn’t it come out of the tap for pennies on that dollar? If you asked water what it wanted, I suspect it would want us all to reclaim the commons rather than let a few large companies make money off the rest of us on a substance that belongs to all of us.
The Kabbalah, a Jewish mystical/metaphysical interpretation of the Bible, teaches that water is the light of God made manifest on the physical plane. If true, that means water has some serious mojo. The ancient Kabbalists performed a water ceremony, called a mikvah, at a stream or spring as a way to purify the individual. Kabbalists believed pure water — a physical mirror to the soul — could cure all ills, but that years of wars, pestilence, pesticides, and not being very nice to each other has dimmed water’s light and left it much less effectual.
The Catholics pour water over a baby’s forehead while baptizing the infant in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, a very powerful prayer that welcomes the child into the Catholic faith. The night before he died, Jesus washed the feet of the Apostles at the Last Supper, purifying them so they could carry on with that work after he was gone. Many religions perform ritual washings and ablutions on the living and the dead to free them from both physical and spiritual uncleanliness. You see the metaphysics at work here, right? As a spiritual and religious aid, water is universal and necessary.
That means we have a problem: by 2030, one-third of the billions of people on the planet will not have access to clean drinking water; by 2040, we’ll have just over 9 billion people and the constant struggle of agriculture vs. energy needs vs. personal water usage will create dire water shortages for the planet; and if we don’t fix the broken system, by 2050, it could be game over.
So what to do? Rather than say “the problem is too big; there is nothing I can do,” say, “We can be like water.” By aligning ourselves with the essence that is water, you change the game. Water is fluid. Water is cleansing. Water is buoyant, and intuitive, and multi-dimensional. Water is ubiquitous. Water is life. Water knows how to heal itself and, intrinsically, you do, too.
Today, meditate on the blessings of something seemingly so bountiful, yet so at risk, and decide on what steps you might take to ensure it remains here — in good standing — for many generations to come. Maybe start by buying a reusable water bottle.
Today is Day 23 of the #AtoZ blog challenge and like water on planet earth, I am all over this!
AND because I’m nothing if not efficient, consider this my entry for the last Friday of the month, the We Are the World Blogfest, #WATWB, because sometimes you just need to double dip.
I’ve skipped all the instructions for #WATWB, but you’re a clever bunch and can surely remember how it all works. And while the articles I’ve cited are not the usual feel good variety, the are informative and useful, considering, and forewarned is forearmed.
A great weekend to you.