Tao Te Ching – Verse 8
The best way to life is to be like water
For water benefits all things and goes against none of them
It provides for all people and even cleanses those places a man is loath to go
In this way it is just like Tao
Live in accordance with the nature of things
Build your house on solid ground
Keep your mind still
When giving, be kind
When speaking, be truthful
When ruling, be just
When working, be one-pointed
When acting, remember – timing is everything
One who lives in accordance with nature does not go against the way of things
He moves in harmony with the present moment always knowing the truth of just
what to do.”
Translated by Jonathan Star
To me the Tao is one of the most beautiful books in the world. I can think of no better quote than this one for a contemplation of the true wonders of water. Have you ever stopped to think, where would we be without good clean water to drink? So many people in this world do not have this precious resource so readily available. How very blessed we are.
Have you ever stopped to consider, how precious and valuable water is? Other than the constant need to breathe, water is the next element we are the most dependent on for our survival! Without air we perish in minutes, without water depending on the climate, it can be a matter of days. Even though we all realize our very survival is dependent on water; we still take it for granted at best, and pollute it beyond any use at worst. We do all need to further consider ways to conserve this valuable resource. I may write more on this in a future post.
As we develop within our Mother’s womb, prior to our birth, we are surrounded by the amniotic fluids. These fluids protect the baby as it develops and allow the baby to move around within this small watery world. The amniotic fluid also provides liquids for the baby to swallow to help develop the digestive system; and it keeps the umbilical cord from being squeezed too hard.
Throughout our lives water is the amazing substance we need to drink daily to maintain our bodies fluid levels to sustain life.
- How much do we need however?
- What are some of the health benefits of drinking water?
- Spiritual Connections with water
- Water Conservation
We are going to look at the answers to these questions and more in today’s post on “Wonderful Healing Water.”
How Much Water Do We Need?
“How much water is enough? Here is how to calculate how much water you should drink a day for both health and weight loss benefits.”
- “Your weight: The first step to knowing how much water to drink every day is to know your weight. The amount of water a person should drink varies on their weight, which makes sense because the more someone weighs the more water they need to drink. A two hundred pound man and 100 pound woman require different amounts of water every day.”
- “Multiply by 2/3: Next you want to multiply your weight by 2/3 (or 67%) to determine how much water to drink daily. For example, if you weighed 175 pounds you would multiply that by 2/3 and learn you should be drinking about 117 ounces of water every day.”
- “Activity Level: Finally you will want to adjust that number based on how often you work out, since you are expelling water when you sweat. You should add 12 ounces of water to your daily total for every 30 minutes that you work out. So if you work out for 45 minutes daily, you would add 18 ounces of water to your daily intake.”
Health Benefits of Drinking Water
- Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue.
- Promotes Weight Loss.
- Flushes Out Toxins.
- Improves Skin Complexion.
- Maintains Regularity.
- Boosts Immune System.
- Natural Headache Remedy.
- Prevents Cramps & Sprains.
- Puts You In A Good Mood.
- Save Money!
(Source: By Abby Phon https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4287/10-Reasons-Why-You-Should-Drink-More-Water.html)
“Water consumption is not an ideal measure of hydration,” explained Chang. “The amount of water it takes to stay hydrated depends on your body size and many other factors like your activity level and the climate you live in. Imagine if you were landscapers in Arizona versus a receptionist in Michigan. The amount of water it takes to stay hydrated will be drastically different.”
(Source: By Sandee LaMotte, CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2016/07/11/health/water-weight-loss-hydration-obesity/index.html)
Reflections on our Spiritual Connections with Water
While in Arizona I attended a C.O.R.E class presented by some wonderful friends of mine, Jay and Jerry Wall (RIP) from California, who were living near me at the time. One of the lessons we got to experience changed my understanding and perception of water greatly. We were each given a bottle of water to take home. Each bottle was wrapped in paper, on which many words were written. We were each given different instructions on how to care for the water bottle. One bottle was loved, praised and encouraged often. Another was hated, yelled at, and treated with disrespect. Another bottle was simply ignored. On the last day of the class we brought our bottles back to class. Our Instructor poured some from each bottle into a paper cup for each student to drink. The “loved” water was clear, slightly sweet and very refreshing. The “hated” water looked darker, almost cloudy and tastes slightly bitter. The “ignored” water was very plain and flat tasting. Our teacher reminded us of how we are made of mostly water, and if water in a bottle can be so strongly affected in two days by how it is treated, how much more will we and those we interact with be impacted by the way we treat one another?
For example, in Dr. Masaru Emoto’s book “Hidden Messages in Water” which was a New York Times bestseller, the internationally renowned Japanese scientist shows us how thoughts, words and feelings can influence molecules of water and can positively impact the earth and our personal health, as was demonstrated in my above example.
Thoughts on Water Conservation
We are all interconnected with one another in this world. If we will join forces we can preserve the purity of our water, and conserve this valuable resource for ourselves, and future generations. We cannot always expect someone else to take care of our resources for us. We each need to take a stand to protect our planet and the resources needed for our survival. Due to the importance of this issue, I invite you to explore it further. I will explore this subject more in future posts as well. One website I found with information on water conservation is: http://www.seametrics.com/blog/water-conservation-resources/
In conclusion I would like to invite each of us to keep hydrated and seek “to be like water, for water benefits all things and goes against none of them.” Consider how you can benefit by becoming more fluid in your thoughts, words and actions.
May you be blessed in all you do each day.