Saturday March 22nd is International World Water Day.
I invite us to WALK this prayer together. The most powerful prayers are directly linked to action. They are not merely energetic, they are soulfully engaged. Water, being the cause of life itself, craves this engagement. After all, action is the essence of sacred relationship. So, here’s the
Top 10 Things You Can Do to Engage and Heal Your Relationship with Water:
1.) Build a simple rainwater catchment system harvesting water using the roof runoff from your home or apartment. Use it to water plants and gardens.
2.) Re-use your greywater! You can re-route showers, bathtubs, wash machines, even kitchen sinks, to water your yards and gardens.
3.) Grow a garden. Use the water you harvest from your roof and/or greywater system to grow your own vegetables.
4.) Plant trees. Green things attract rain.
5.) Stop drinking bottled water. The process of bottling water takes water from existing healthy watersheds where it serves the natural ecology, people and farmers and redistributes it (plus a lot of new plastic pollutants for purchase to consumers. It’s cheaper, easier, healthier and more environmentally sane to purchase a water filter and re-use your water bottle. (FYI, plastic recycling takes seven times the amount of water it takes to produce the original plastic object.)
6.) Eat locally raised, organic produce, grains, legumes and meats & use your financial power to pay the real price of your food. This supports small farmers who have good relationships with the water, soil and ecology of your bioregion.
7.) Stop eating factory-farmed meats. It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to raise one pound of meat, not to mention the hormones, antibiotics and waste that leaches into ground water and watersheds due to factory-farming practices. 8% of global domestic water usage goes to factory farmed livestock.
8.) Engage with local, state and federal levels of your government to preserve and conserve mature ecosystems and old growth in your bioregion. Healthy, mature ecosystems are the foundation of healthy aquifers.
9.) Slow it. Sink it. Spread it. Create swales and ponds on your land that keep rainwater where it falls and spread it into the earth where it can replentish your local watertable. Check out this video on keyline water systems to see what is possible. This can be done on a very small scale in side yards and parking lots using appropriate filter-feeding plants.
10.)Start or become a part of a wetland restoration or creek daylighting project in your city or neighborhood.
Samantha Sweetwater: founder of Dancing Freedom, permaculturalist, life coach & priestess
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