Our fluid bodies need water so they do not become rigid and hard. Water is a crucial aspect of our being, essential to life. It is what we are made of. Our relationship to water is part of our thriving relationship with life itself. Water is life.
Begin the Day With Hydration
Drinking water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach has great benefits. I recommend drinking it warm - hot (to protect the spleen) with a small amount of Himalayan sea salt added to it to guide it to the kidneys and help increase absorption. Wait 45 minutes before consuming other food or liquids.
Morning water has been found to be useful for all kinds of maladies such as arthritis, high blood pressure, digestive issues, head-aches, eye-diseases, and menstrual cycle irregularities.
I also like to add lemon oil and/or wild orange oil. Make sure your essential oils are coming from a super awesome source and are marked as "for internal use" and that the citrus used to make the oil is not sprayed with pesticides.
The lemon oil is different than adding fresh lemon as it's the lemon peel that is used to make the oil, rather than the fruit. It is a strong anti-oxident and supports the liver and cools stomach fire and heat in the blood. The lemon oil stimulates the pancreas and can help to normalize blood sugar levels. It also increases mineral absorption allowing to you getting more out of the food you eat.
Wild orange oil descends the stomach qi to promote peristalsis and clear ST fire. If the ST qi does not go down we get things like hiccups, nausea, vomiting, and belching. Peristalsis brings healthy morning bowel movements. Wild orange oil has traditionally been used for IBS, anorexia, constipation, and indigestion.
Create a Daily Water Ritual
Water listens and changes with the power of words and intentions. As we are water beings, our intimate relationship with this substance of life is key to our vitality.
Charging the water in the morning with your intention (sankalpa) for the day is a great way to focus your qi and then bring that intention into your body. You may charge your water through speaking a prayer, or using Reiki and crystals to move energy through the water. Try putting the jar of water on top of a written intention – be creative.
And notice. Notice how life shifts and changes as you bring the simplicity of intention and ritual into your relationship with water. How does your relationship with life itself begin to transform as you do this practice?
Let me know in the comments.