The Many Ways to Love Water - a Creative Tribute
We Are Water
Mostly. The human body is comprised of 60-90% plus water, depending where you gather the information and likely how much water the studied body actually drinks! It follows that clean, fresh water is one thing we ought put into our body, for the purpose of replenishing one's self, of course. Sometimes that's easy and we love the idea of downing several glasses per day (is it 8 - 8oz. for an adult or do I have to do more sophisticated math to figure out the appropriate amount?!). Drink to thirst, that's what I say!
Other times, water just doesn't turn us on. After reading this refreshing tribute, quite possibly you'll have a new appreciation for the life sustaining clear liquid we all refer to as water.
To Drink, To Love
One day my mom and I wrote down the many ways to love water - being that it's such a highly recommended beverage. After we were done I gratefully drank a full glass in a new light. I'm not sure where that list went, but it's my intention to duplicate and grow a new ode to water. Right here. Right now. (Mom, if you have anything to add, let me know!)
- The majority of our physical composition is water so it follows that drinking water would actually do more than replenish us, but actually add to us, create us in a sense.
- When you feel low, tired, or generally in need of more of yourself for one reason or another, drink a glass of water - you will actually be giving yourself more of yourself (really!)
- Water is clean
- Water is odorless
- Water is non-sticky
- Water does not contain unhealthy amounts of sugar
- Water does not contain unhealthy amounts of salt
- Water helps clean your teeth and body
- Water will help each part of your human body function in a more harmonious manner
- Have issues with lack of movement inside? Add some water - it will bring relief
- If someone knocks over a glass of water you're drinking, it's no big deal... it's just water! Easy clean up for sure on any surface.
- Want a drink for the car, but have to keep that new interior in pristine condition? Same as above... water will do!
- If the baby wants a drink, or the cat or dog, that's fine! Water is great to share! Regardless of whether or not baby is eating solids yet or the pet is hyper-sensitive to everything, water is the universal beverage for all. Of course you may want to pour it in a dish for the pet...
- When you're out and about and no one can decide on what to drink or you only want to purchase one bottle of beverage, try water - it's all the body really needs for hydration. Any other beverage is just souped up, flavored up, sweetened up, caffeined up, fermented grain dressed up, or preservative preserved water - problem is your body has to work hard to extrapolate water from all of that and really benefits very little, if at all, from any water it does squeeze out of the alternative beverage.
- And of course to add in the dollars and cents... water costs less than most other beverages, even purified!
Not only are we primarily water in physical body, so is our planet. With over 70% of the earth's surface being covered in water, there is no doubt you've had the opportunity to be near it at one point or another. Plus I would guess that you cleanse yourself with it on occasion.
Whether a bath to you equals a hot, pounding shower, or a dip in a nearby stream, water is your friend here as well. More ways to love it...
- Immerse yourself in a warm, pure bath by itself or with scents and bubbles for a relaxing soak. Something you may put off for lack of time, truly 20 minutes can make a difference in the way your body feels and your mind relates.
- Up for a more invigorating cleanse? A hot shower can do the trick! I love imagining the water as a bright, cleansing light releasing my worries from my crown to my toes, letting go of any stress right down the drain, of course!
- Tired feet? Get a small tub and soak them while you read, watch tv, sit on the computer or if you're really pressed for time, while you sit down for 5 minutes to eat!
- Need a face wake up? Soak a cloth in warm water, lay it over your face for a few moments, then rub around and wake up those eyes, nose, lips and ears!
- Too warm? Cool down with a cool, wet cloth or mist yourself with a squirt bottle of cold water (fill it half way the night before and stick it in the freezer, then fill it full with cold water for a longer cooling).
Up for some exercise, or maybe a little fun?! Baths for play or swimming and sporting are more great reasons to love good old H2O.
- Swimming is a great way to condition the body with the use of water. Since the body is naturally bouyant in water and gravity differs, the resistance created is felt in a fluid manner. This is wonderful for abilities of all sizes and proportions.
- Absolutely fun! Take a dip in a local pool, pond, lake, or your tub just to shake off some stress and feel yourself float.
- A Oneness with All can easily be imagined and felt when relaxing in water of any sort.
- Have an opportunity to use a boat? Ooohhhh - the sitting with yourself or a friend to fish, see the sights, feel the rock of the boat...
- Or even ski, tube, ski board or any variation thereof behind a boat or motorized watercraft - I have to say the few times I've water skied have added to my enjoyment of the water and the coming in at the dock has to be the closest to walking on water I've ever done... with the exception of walking on the lake when it's frozen!
- If you've never been, the Great Lakes Region is an amazing place to immerse one's self in water... different from the oceans and seas, yet unique and beautiful in their own right.
- Near the great expanse? Surf, scuba dive, ship wreck dive, see the sting rays, dolphins and oh so much more! Talk about becoming acquainted with nature on a face to face level...
- Not exactly immersion in the sense I spoke of above, but tribute to water none the less - Snow! Don't forget all of the winter sports snow brings to the table: skiing - cross country and down hill, sledding, snow shoeing, snow ball fights, snow sculpting, snow painting, snow angels, and fun for the little ones: bring in a snow ball to watch melt in a glass jar over the next few hours.
Awaken the Senses
Water is everywhere! You may be in the city, country, or in another place not classified, yet there is no question water is near. Take a moment to engage your senses to enjoy this precious commodity a bit more.
- Listen to the sound of the water trickling by in a stream, the gush of a waterfall, the ducks swimming on a pond, or even household water sounds such as steam boiling in a kettle or water running from a faucet. Water has a tranquil sound, whatever the medium.
- Feel the smooth, slippery sensation of water coming across your skin - in the shower, bath, swimming, in a fresh rain puddle, or in an icicle, even the humid moistness in the summer air... wherever you find it.
- Taste the simplicity of water as your favorite beverage, in an ice cube to cool you (or your drink) down on a warm day, from a hose in the summer.
- Smell the moist, fresh essence of water in the air after a spring rain or near a body of water.
- Witness the vastness of oceans and great lakes, the succinctness of a river in its winding ways and the life sustained in these water bodies, rain puddles reflecting nature's bounty, the exquisite beauty all around created through water.
In the weather, the working water cycle is often referred to in science class, but we can also appreciate the fullness in our everyday lives.
- Rain. Gift in a drought, not so welcome in a flood plain, the sound of rain is often captured for its soothing quality. Ever notice how easy it is to sleep in on those rainy mornings with the lull of the pit pat, pit pat...
- Snow. In its more frozen form, water falls from the sky lazily, or in a blizzard. Either way, the visual beauty of the white covered landscapes or the individual flake cannot be denied.
- Ice. Not fun to drive on, although being trapped inside can lead to the need for 10 Ideas to Cure Cabin Fever. However, icicles and storm covered trees are absolutely beautiful and the sound of "glass" lined branches is often reminiscent of toasting glasses at a celebration.
- Evaporation. This one may be hard to see at times, but it is calming when it's realized. Steam escaping a factory's stack, droplets extending into the air from the warm ground, a water glass left unattended for days will surely leave evidence of it.
- Condensation. While looking at your cold summer drink as it sweats may not usually bring you to recall water's gift, I would imagine that you've spent a moment or two pondering the clouds ~ just another form of water to appreciate.
To Enjoy Water as a Whole
Often taken for granted, Water is a True Gift, a very large part of who and what we Are.
- Move your body in
- Leisurely Float
- Zoom Across and Within
About Rainbow Recognizer
Amy Phoenix is a gentle, yet direct parenting guide and healing facilitator dedicated to sharing insights and practices to transform frustration and anger, heal the past and nurture conscious relationships – to appreciate all aspects of life. Visit her at www.innatewholeness.com.