23.4.2016 | 01:38
I’m sitting here at my keyboard contemplating Life’s little ironies….
Today (Friday, April 22, 2016) is Earth Day.
It’s also the first day in a week and a half – only the second day since we moved house almost two weeks ago – that we’re getting some rain.
As a matter of fact, we’re even getting a bit of thunder. Not quite the first of this Spring, but close.
I’ve got a vanilla + oakmoss scented candle burning … just in case. It’s a bit more floral than I like, but I also appreciate its less familiar aroma….
It’s Earth Day, and it’s raining.
That’s good, because it keeps me mindful that we need rain – we need water – to survive.
Many of us are chronically dehydrated, or at the very least under-hydrated, and that can contribute to many of our health problems.
Some people say that we often mistake hunger for thirst: If you feel hungry, drink a glass of water. If the sensation goes away, you were just thirsty. If you’re still hungry, eat something – it’s probably genuine hunger.
It’s hard for us to even know what “real hunger” feels like any more; we’ve been conditioned to eat all day long, so many of us have lost touch with the true sensations of hunger.
(Dr. Joel Fuhrman says that we should feel genuine hunger in our throats, not our bellies.)
I have to work hard to stay properly hydrated. I don’t love “plain” water – maybe because I’m a Fire sign – so even though I don’t drink coffee or sodas, or even fruit juice, I find it difficult to drink nothing but water all day.
(FYI, adding a few drops of stevia, flavored or otherwise, can go a long way toward making plain ol’ water a lot more palatable. I learned that trick from Donna Gates.)
Some people add essential oils to their drinking water, but I’m a bit cautious about that: essential oils don’t actually mix with water – they bind to fat, like a carrier oil – so they don’t become diluted easily.
And many essential oils are not safe to ingest internally.
So I prefer to add stevia, even though it’s not a perfect solution.
(But then, the perfect is the enemy of the good.)
But it’s not just human beings who are dehydrated….
Mother Earth has been experiencing Her share of water woes lately too.
Whether you want to attribute it to climate change, global warming, El Nińo … whatever … droughts seem to be becoming more frequent as well as more intense.
(Ask California – I’ve lost track of how long their most recent drought has been going on….)
Many leaders of global organizations fighting poverty and hunger have been telling us for years that the next war over resources will be fought over water, not oil.
Hard to imagine….
For those of us in the West, unless we’re under water restrictions due to drought, we have water available at our fingertips: from the tap, in bottles at the grocery store … everywhere.
It’s not so easy for those in other countries.
Add to all of that the contamination caused by fracking, pesticide and fertilizer runoff, and the dumping of industrial waste into our waterways, and we might be facing a water crisis sooner than we expect.
I don’t have the answers to these problems – they’re too large even for the NGO’s working on them to address easily – but I do try to remain aware.
Especially as I listen to the rain falling on the skylight, with my large tankard of reverse-osmosis filtered water on the desk beside me….
We’ve come a long way from the days when cultures believed that everything on the Earth was composed of the four elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water – but that doesn’t mean that water isn’t still essential to Life as we know it.
Let’s be mindful of how we treat this precious resource, not just on Earth Day but everyday….
For an online list of multiple NGO’s working on the water issue, visit WASHfunders.org