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A Reflection on Water, Health, and Compassion

Water pollution

Water pollution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

H2OcomesPassion is my Pinterest title. Before I started creating this page, I thought of using the name Water, Health, and Compassion. However, upon doing research for this project, I felt that I have been passionate on the issue of water. The more understand about water, the more passion I put into this project. My passion is not only to understanding water, its benefits, and its composition in the human body and in the whole universe, but also learning to appreciate the benefits that water brings and the advantages I have living in U.S., where I can access fresh, clean water everyday. My passion also turns into Compassion. I feel empathy for people who live in drought areas, for people who day by day use polluted and contaminated water for drinking and for cooking. Water has affected me to the point where I consciously feel empathy when reading news about polluted water, and where I share my joy when people have an opportunity to enjoy fresh, clean, water from a new well. I have joined a group of volunteers in Facebook  which volunteers to do fundraising for building wells in Africa. I have learned how this group connects people together to do this charity work and how they devote their lives for the benefits of others.

Counting from the time I posted my proposal, I have received 7 comments. Two comments, from Anonymous and Thaitriplegem, confirm my purpose by saying that water symbolizes compassion and harmony. If one makes oneself to be like water, then one is easy to be with people because water adapts to its environment.

One stated, “Without water we will die, without heath we will painful and without compassion this world would looks like hell.” This helps me understand the main function of water, is nurturing. Water nurtures life, and it is itself a source of compassion.

Thesilverbodhisattva gives me a wonderful source relating to water: water has memory. It helps me understand more about the other sources I have posted on my Pinterest, which is water in prayer and practice.

Mettadharma commented, “Water is symbol of the purity. It is clear, cool, and calm. If people can make their mind like water, it will be very useful.”

Dawn made her comment on my proposal and Pinterest page, and she suggested adding a “Call to Action” board. My thanks to her for a great idea, but I forgot to do that. I didn’t have a specific board to list practical things people can do to better the situation of water.

Minh Tu also suggested that I should have a “water recycling” board. I think his suggestion and Dawn’s are similar. I will create a board named Call to Action, which includes water cycling, and water conserving.

Both Dawn and Minh Tu like the experiments of Dr. Emoto. However, Dawn brought up the point that this work hasn’t been proven by scientists; whereas, Minh Tu emphasized water’s ability of being purified by spiritual practices.

Back to my project on Pinterest, my purpose is to raise people’s awareness of water’s benefits on body, mind, and spirit. I have created so far 12 boards and 173 pins. The titles of my boards are:

  1. Information
  2. H2O resources
  3. Water in Reality: Drought and Contamination
  4. Benefits of Water
  5. Tips in Using Water
  6. Prayer and Practice
  7. Charity Work
  8. Organizations in Action
  9. Video & Movie
  10. Books
  11. Call to Action
  12. Others

This page has been in existence about three weeks and I have 5 followers and 10 people following. With what I have gotten so far, I am not sure that using social media such as Pinterest can help me spread out the message of water to everyone. Based on my observation of my Facebook account, I believe that in order to influence more people of using water appropriately and of helping others, I should take an action by participating in a group consisted of individuals who have the same passion. Although my Pinterest has few followers, I believe that I myself have changed during this project, and at least some others also have changed to be more mindful of using water.

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Water, Health, and Compassion

Drinking Water

Drinking Water (Photo credit: SEDACMaps)

 “Water, health, and compassion” is my Pinterest project. I chose this topic because it is beneficial not only to me but to other people. According to Science For A Changing World, about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered.  Up to 60 percent of human body is water; a human brain is composed up 70 percent of water and lungs are nearly 90 percent water[1].

Since a human body contains mostly water, our body and mind rely on water to purify themselves by breaking down food, helping the digestive system function, cleaning waste from tissues, and controlling body temperature.  A healthy mind and body create healthy spirit; therefore we must use water appropriately and effectively to benefit ourselves.

Last but not least, especially nowadays, many areas in the world suffer from drought.  In many places there is not enough water for farming and there is limited clean water for people to consume. In many areas, chemicals or pollution contaminate water therefore causing it to be unusable. Living in the country with full access to clean water, I feel privileged but many people who have access to good water are not grateful for what they have.

People overlook the need for fresh and clean water.  I often wonder how can we help those without access to clean water? How to raise people’s awareness of using water wisely? How organizations help preserve and distribute water sources?

In order to find answers for these questions, I decided to do research on water, how water relates to health, and how using and treating water correctly is a way to practice our compassion. This proposal is an introduction and a request for approval for me to continue with my project.  My Pinterest page is called ‘H20comesPassion’.

My Approach:

To help make my project more understandable, I will divide it into four parts:

  1. The first part is about information and facts about water shortage and usage; i.e: where the rate of drought is increasing and fresh water has disappeared.
  2. The second part is about main substance of our bodies. That is water. How does water regulate and affect our bodies?
  3. The third part is about our health. Health can be examined in body, mind, and spirit. In what way does water affect our health? What happens if we consume contaminated, polluted water?
  4. The final part is about compassion. Compassion comes from our awareness that people need fresh, clean water. Compassion comes from our awareness of situations where people don’t have enough or no drinking water. It also comes from our contribution to help people have sources of fresh water.

For each part I will use different sources below to illustrate my points. I hope this will help people easily follow my project.

Kinds of sources I will use and why they will benefit my project:

  • Books: such as Encyclopedia of Water, History of Water and Humankind, Life’s matrix, your body: many cries for water, etc. This source provides me information about components of water, how our body is made up of water, how it affects to our body, how it affects us on psychological and spiritual dimension.
  • Websites: government websites, county websites about water, tap water, contaminated water. This source provides me the reality of water we use now in daily life, how it is contaminated by human activities, how it is treated to be our drinking water or tap water. It also provides how government, states, counties raise an awareness of people about water issues.
  • Non-profit organization websites: shows us the other side of drinking water that some government or states website do not reveal. It also shows us that how those non-profit organizations have done to provide fresh water for people, or to protest against water companies that ignore water quality.
  • Journals: e-sources about water, medical journals of how water affects on the body.
  • Video: documentary movie of water.
  • Graphs, Charts, recordings, video clips, and broadcasts: Those sources help me examine my project in different angles, both in qualitative and quantitative.

This proposal is just the first step for me on my quest to understand more about water. There are different approaches to this issue and I would like to invite any comment, suggestion or advice on my proposal.  Your comments will allow me examine water more holistically.

Please follow me on my Pinterest page  and feel free to leave a comment.


[1] “The Water in You,” USGS: science for a changing world, accessed April 29, 2013, http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/propertyyou.html.

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