April 29, 2023
Quote of the Week
"In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans." - Kahlil Gibran
Sacred Water - Connecting To Water Through Ritual And Reverence
Water constitutes around two-thirds of planet's surface and our body. Water is an essential ingredient to life on this planet. Its necessity and dynamic capacities are recognized and revered by spiritual traditions across cultures. Water is a giver of life, a source of purification, and an element that can be infused with sacred blessings. What we learn as children with respect to the relationship with water can be an important foundation for life.
Religious traditions have long utilized water in their rituals from the washing of oneself before daily prayers (Islam); pilgrimages to sacred rivers (Hinduism); the baptism and admission of a soul into a religious sect (Christianity). This article explores how water is utilized in various spiritual traditions and how we can develop our own rituals to honor this sacred element of life. [Read More]
Title: The Water Princess
By: Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds
With its wide sky and warm earth, Princess Gie Gie’s kingdom is a beautiful land. But clean drinking water is scarce in her small African village. And try as she might, Gie Gie cannot bring the water closer; she cannot make it run clearer. Every morning, she rises before the sun to make the long journey to the well. Instead of a crown, she wears a heavy pot on her head to collect the water. After the voyage home, after boiling the water to drink and clean with, Gie Gie thinks of the trip that tomorrow will bring. And she dreams. She dreams of a day when her village will have cool, crystal-clear water of its own.
Inspired by the childhood of African–born model Georgie Badiel, acclaimed author Susan Verde and award-winning author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds have come together to tell this moving story.
Be the Change
Have a conversation with children and reflect on practices that help in saving water and developing a loving relationship with it. Take action on at-least one of them this week. For instance, reduce water usage by taking shorter showers and turning off the tap while brushing your teeth.