Water – From Physical to Spiritual – on Blog Action Day 2010

What is Blog Action Day?

Blog Action Day, an annual event, every October 15, unites the world’s bloggers

who post about the same issue* on the same day

with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action.

*This year, the issue is WATER:

One sentence

invites you

to transform “water” from physical to spiritual

in your mind, heart and soul.

Healer, cleaner,  soother, refresher, nourisher, sustainer,

saver of lives, taker of lives,

supporter of a world largely unknown to man.

Water – Earth’s bloodstream –

Invites you to transform:

Starting now,

please do not use your tap,

toilet or any running water

in your home

for three days!



I Took This Waterfall For Granted




And It Began To Diminish



Now It's Gone


35 thoughts on “Water – From Physical to Spiritual – on Blog Action Day 2010

    • We can experience this when our electricity dies. Some of us fill and store a couple of large containers – just in case. Water does take on a spiritual hue. (Our language does too!)

  1. Love your post and eloquent pics, Amy. Please don’t frown if I’m with you in spirit rather than deed! We’ve experienced plenty of electricity failure here in SA, but that’s child’s play compared to going without water.

  2. Amy,
    “…earth’s bloodstream…” –> I love that! Water, like blood in our bodies – is so important to our earth. And when we have that in abundance…do we realize how wonderful that is (for us…and for Mother Earth)??

  3. Thanks Amy, didnt know about the significance of the day 🙂 And, beautiful pictures, so correct, right?!
    But, how are you planning to do without running water for 3 days, was that hyperbolic.. ?? Just curious 🙂

    • Living on a small island, different storms can cause our electricity to go out. When that happens we have no water supply. It causes us to remember its significance and how we must respect our tiny lakes that supply us with water. If we buy bottled water, we use it very sparingly and it never tastes as good as our own. Many of us keep fresh water in a few containers for just such emergencies. But it causes me to remember that there are countries who don’t have the luxury of stockpiling!!

      Also, Rachana, in a past life regression, I was given the story of when I was a child in India. My mother and I were starving and died from drinking brackish water. That mother soul is still with me after many lives. That soul memory creates incredible respect for water. As I write now, I remember to be grateful for the water I am using for my yerba mate that I’m sipping from my little gourd – both sent from Argentina – another country with good water.

      Yes, it’s possible to live without running water!

      • Thanks Amy for those words, they just squeezed my heart and left it hurting.. So true, I actually know exactly what you are talking about!! It is good Karma of my parents that I was raised with all the comforts that their incomes brought home, we did not have one reason to complain and we definitely had items in our house that would have been considered luxuries by atleast 80% of the population in India.
        Ahem, Ok, now lets talk happier things, yerba mate and gourd?? Thanks Google, I love you friend 😀
        So after 2 more days, I am expecting a “My bad hair day!” post .. 😉

        • Rachana, good for you. There are so many good things that come out of being without running water. As I’m sure you know, leaving our hair alone for a few days, except for good brushings, replaces the natural oils. (Indian women have talked with me about the wonderful oil treatments done to the hair. Teenage girls: “Ah, mom, not today!”)

          Not having running water teaches so many subtle and worthwhile insights. But I’ll leave it at that in case you do a post on the subject…

          Yes! The Internet. How did curious, interested, alive, determined people exist without it, Rachana? 😀

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    • So, Charles, you have a closer relationship with water already, I suspect. I loved well water when I was more rural than I am now. I never remember people having to worry about the quality of that water. The only hardship was when it would be so cold the well would freeze.

  5. Fantastically put Amy! Well done and bravo. I wish I could promise you that I could take your challenge now but I’m afraid I’m too late to start. However Ms., I will promise that I will put aside a couple of days up the road just for you.

    Thanks for joining the world on this marvellous day and for sharing the lovely photographs; an excellent point and taken straight to the heart…

    • Thanks for your comments, Brett. Now, excuse me, I’m just in the throes of positioning my soap box…

      One of the drawbacks of the Internet is the false sense of action I can adopt. I live in an area that has water. I need to really look at my attitude about usage and ownership, first, and then work towards asking others to do the same. Hopefully none of us fall into the trap of thinking that we’ve pushed the publish button and now our job is done.

      Brett, this is on my mind as I see our little network of bloggers participating in this venture. Complacency is too easy to fall into with our great technology. It’s a new kind of complacency so I hope I’m putting out the red flags.

      Who gave me this damned soap box anyway??!!:)

    • Yes, Amanda, it is a challenge. I’ve been through it a few times and it brings some truths home. I will have a great weekend, even though I won’t be washing my hair for three days. 🙂

  6. Hi Amy .. I caught this blog action day too late this year – but will get my act into gear for next year.

    Your waterfall pictures – show us exactly what’s happening .. and all around the world, water that missing ingredient to life is so important and so often extremely difficult to find .. or clean ..

    Thanks .. it’s such an important topic .. we use so much and waste even more .. Hilary

    • The Blogger’s Day concept came to me a bit late as well. I like concepts that ask everyone to concentrate on the positive. If we write about all the negatives, it’s simply putting more negative energy back into the globe.

      So I hope people will concentrate on all the positive aspects of water and picture it flowing peacefully throughout our planet. And, as you say, we can change our own personal habits with usage – that’s the first and most critical step. Imagine if everyone did that simple thing.

  7. ohboy…… Obviously I take this for granted.

    Wow what a tribute in through photos—that drove the point home.

    Three days.
    Flooding has forced me to do this before–it’s doable, but boy….I didn’t like it much….
    Guess that’s not required, eh?

    • Mel, if you’ve lived through flooding, you know what it is like. You likely have a healthy sense of the incredible role that water plays in lives. I even take it for granted that Canadians can at least go out in the winter, gather up snow and melt it for cleaning, bathing, etc.

      When I was in New Zealand, I saw that people (like we used to do in the country) collected rain water for cleaning purposes. Why don’t we?

  8. What a great idea Amy. I love the physical to spiritual link and it’s been proven in many sources. I was just showing my husband that it takes 37 gallons of water to produce his cup of coffee. We’ll keep it to one each today. Your three day challenge would be fun for our house to try. Maybe I will and will blog about it.

    • Tammy, those are the sorts of insights that are lost or ignored. That would be an incredible blog, Tammy. As a single person, it’s easy to pack away enough water to meet my essential needs. But for someone in a family situation, the impact would be more than double or triple my bit. It’s easy for me to organize “dirty” water to flush the toilet. I can manage without a bath or washing my hair for a few days – it’s amazing how little water one needs to sponge bathe.

      I was talking with one of the women on my island (Western Canada) who goes to Lesotho and lives with the people while teaching different skills. She was telling me how she and her teen-aged daughter lived in one of the tiny houses provided on one of their visits and how they used water. It brings home how self-focused we are! And what a beautiful daughter this young woman is growing into.

  9. Perfect!

    I love the photographs, how fortunate that you took them and how could you have known at the time what an example it would be.

    We are so fortunate to have running water which we take for granted. Touch wood, we haven’t been without water in Calgary.

    We went through two Cyclones in Richards-bay, South-Africa. We were surrounded by water, but had no power or running water for a few days, which makes you appreciate it even more.

    • Thanks, Tokeloshe. My island is not very big so hikes can be repetitive.

      I can appreciate your insights into having no fresh running water for a period of time.

      Yes, when we have what seems an endless supply of water, it’s easy to take it for granted. I try to remember that there are people who have very little water or water that is poisoned. Instead of concentrating on their lack, however, I want to keep the positive influence of having fresh, clean water and thus put that energy out there.

      When you photograph one of those pristine Alberta lakes and the strong flowing rivers and streams, if you can remember, please say a thanks from me. I’ll do that when I see your fantastic photos.

      • We are so fortunate to have pristine lakes, waterfalls and rivers.

        This year’s Blog action day was a very good as it made many of us so much more aware.
        Naomi’s post was excellent as well.

        I most certainly will.
        Take care.

        • Blogging about this concept, Tokelshe, was fun. Talking to friends about it is much easier. I prefer to quietly make a difference. Writing is not so quiet. Nor is photography. Hopefully those of us who have dialogued over the past 24 hours have contributed to a raised level of consciousness. Thanks for being a part of that.

  10. This brought to mind the movie “What the Bleep Do We Know”…my guess would be you’ve seen it.
    For me, water has so many spiritual connotations. I try to use it with care and gratitude.

    • Wow, Jamie, I knew about Dr. Emoto through videos and articles. I feel such tremendous love for him and what he is teaching the world. However, I have not read his latest book. I just googled it! I just read a comment about the afterword. I am “with” him in every way vis a vis his having lived 700 lives and how he experiences an understanding without knowing why. We all have a bit of that, but when it’s profound, it shakes one’s timbers.

      Obviously, I really am grateful for you bringing this to my attention.

  11. Unfortuneately I didn’t read this post till just now, but ironically on that very day I was dealing with a clogged pipe. I had to catch the water I was using with a basin. I am very stingy with water in general, but it still gave me pause…what we take for granted in this country! Every time I have to carry water for some reason or other, instead of griping (water is heavy!), I think of women who have to walk for miles to refill a dirty plastic jug with contaminated water, and carry it home on their head, day after day. We can live without food, but not without water!

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