Water is Where We Begin

Here lately, when I sit down to write my thoughts seem to migrate toward a very particular direction. In place of what was once a sense of confusion and underestimation, is an  understanding of my capacity as a human being. I attribute this realization, in part, to being a grad student. It’s been an honor to learn from such skilled and compassionate mentors and instructors over the years, and I don’t take this experience for granted. The most profound tool that I’ve learned is to trust and nurture my relationship with the Earth. It is a lesson that was first gifted to me by my grandmother. Reclaiming that knowledge, ancestral and ancient, is how I’ve been able to gradually gain confidence and clarity.

The Vernal Equinox occurs on March 20th, which means that a return to spring is on its way. In order for the bud to bloom, it must first be wholly nourished. There are many ways to in which to nourish, and today I’d like to share with you a few linguistically nutritious quotes about water and the environment. May they reach you, hold you, and support you in all the ways that you need.

zen circleThe way we see the world shapes the way we treat it. If a mountain is a deity, not a pile of ore; if a river is one of the veins of the land, not potential irrigation water; if a forest is a sacred grove, not timber; if other species are biological kin, not resources; or if the planet is our mother, not an opportunity — then we will treat each other with greater respect. Thus is the challenge, to look at the world from a different perspective. —David Suzuki

We tend to put the environment last because we think the first thing we have to do is eliminate poverty. But you can’t reduce poverty in a vacuum. You are doing it in an environment. —Wangari Maathai

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend. —Bruce Lee

Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong. —Lao-tsu

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of You are found all the aspects of existence. —Khalil Gibran

There is no drop of water in the ocean, not even in the deepest parts of the abyss, that does not know and respond to the mysterious forces that create the tide. —Rachel Carson

Although two-thirds of our planet is water, we face an acute water shortage. The water crisis is the most pervasive , most severe, and most invisible dimension of the ecological devastation of the earth. —Vandana Shiva

I am like a drop of water on a rock. After drip, drip, dripping in the same place, I begin to leave a mark, and I leave my mark in many people’s hearts. —Rigoberta Menchu

Across the continent, on the shores of small tributaries, in the shadows of sacred mountains, on the vast expanse of the prairies, or in the safety of the woods, prayers are being repeated, as they have for thousands of years, and common people with uncommon courage and the whispers of their ancestors in their ears continue their struggles to protect the land and water and trees on which their very existence is based. And like small tributaries joining together to form a mighty river, their force and power grows. —Winona LaDuke

All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was. —Toni Morrisonzen circle

In Solidarity





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