Photo by: Simply Spellbound - Taken at Snoqualmie Falls, Washington
Water is a powerful element. It is considered the key ingredient (besides carbon) for life to form, which is why we are seeking it out on other planets. Our own planet contains nearly 70% water and humans contain around 65% water (that means if you weighed 100 pounds, 65 pounds would be water!). We are so dependent on this basic compound, that we’d die around one week without it.
Water can be the bearer of life, and it can also be the destroyer. One bad rain storm, and a flood can wipe out everything, not to mention the weather that comes with water: tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, dense fog, tsunamis, and the list goes on. Along with weather, just entering deep water can be life threatening; the power of only a few inches of running water can take a full grown person off their feet.
We must be respectful towards water, yet we are mostly polluting it. Only about 2% of all of Earth’s water is fresh water (drinking water) and yet 40% of the lakes and rivers in the US are considering unsafe due to pollution.
Things you can do to help include:
- Conserve water by turning off the tap when running water is not necessary. This helps prevent water shortages and reduces the amount of contaminated water that needs treatment.
- Be careful about what you throw down your sink or toilet. Don’t throw paints, oils or other forms of litter down the drain.
- Use environmentally household products, such as washing powder, household cleaning agents and toiletries.
- Take great care not to overuse pesticides and fertilisers. This will prevent runoffs of the material into nearby water sources.
- By having more plants in your garden you are preventing fertiliser, pesticides and contaminated water from running off into nearby water sources.
- Don’t throw litter into rivers, lakes or oceans. Help clean up any litter you see on beaches or in rivers and lakes, make sure it is safe to collect the litter and put it in a nearby dustbin.
On a magical note, water is associated with the emotions. Like the ebb and flow of the ocean, we can be still, or we can crash. Tapping into the concept of water means meditating on the great strength and flexibility of this vital element. Whether you are looking for inner strength or peacefulness, meditate on the value of water, especially in a healing bath or by a beautiful body of water.