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Water of Life

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Environment, Natural Spirituality, Everyday Living,

Water in the SeaMore than half of the human body is made up of water. Many religions have rituals involving water, including hand washing and bathing. The main character in Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha had an epiphany when staring at a river. Water is also a substance so common place that it’s easy to take for granted. Writing for Catalyst, Wayne Dyer runs through some benefits of seeing the parallels between the properties of water and human existence. He writes, “It is natural to trust in the eternal flow, be true to your inner inclinations, and stick to your word. It is natural to treat everyone as an equal. All of these lessons can be derived by observing how water, which sustains all life, behaves.”

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