I live in a lakeside village, swim a lot, and enjoy backcountry kayaking and camping. Potable water is an issue when camping. I no longer take water for granted. When I purify water for backcountry consumption, I always pause to thank and bless the element of water.
Nibi Wabo, the First Nations water blessing ceremony usually done on a February new moon, reminds us to give thanks to water in ceremony. When you brush your teeth, give thanks. When you drink tea or coffee, give thanks. When you shower, bathe, or wash your hands, give thanks. Use these Ho’oponopono words (an ancient Hawaiian practice for forgiveness, reconciliation, and making relationships right) to bless water. Each time you use water, say:
I’m sorry, Forgive me,
Your gratitude raises the vibration of water in a healthy way and acknowledges the gift of this element.