“Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; you put water into a bottle, 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
I challenge you, reader, to substitute all liquids in your diet to water. This invitation follows an ancient wisdom on adaptability, health and vitality.
I’m not here to detail the rewarding habits of drinking only water – you not only know this, but realise it also. In this truth, I want to help us recognise that the stories we tell ourselves about not being the type of person that is associated with having healthy habits is false.
Following on from this truth, the next story we need to overcome together is how hard it is to be healthy and how life has placed all these barriers in our way. If you’re reading this, I am hopeful that you are privileged enough to live in a place that has access to running water. If this is such the case, remind yourself that your world not only promotes the opportunity, but it flows through your ever present environment. Beneath your feet under the floors, up the walls and in the pipes of the ceiling. You are surrounded by it, encircled by it, dare I say it is inescapable. Run out into the streets, only to bare witness in awe from a cascade from the heavens.
We have made an error through attributing, and confusing the consumption of fizzy, sugary, syrupy substances with the process of hydration. This feeling is not hydration, rather a satisfaction of our craving towards addiction. The feeling of thirst is an attempt by our body to communicate an absence of essential minerals found in the most primal and basic of resources on Earth. The void of elements such as magnesium clouds our bodies ability to communicate on a microscopic level. Daily substitution of sugars and preservatives in its place are robbing us of our most fundamental life source next to oxygen.
Enjoying occasional pleasures is not inherently detrimental to our health; it is simple not the case. But using this notion as a crutch for our addiction to sugar, and refusing to reconcile with the needs of our body and mind is not a good long term solution.
I want to invite you to be mindful of the next subtle feeling of fog and sluggishness, that dryness in your mouth and rasping crackle in your throat. That clouds our judgement and builds on our irritability. Experience it, then ask. Ask the waiter, ask the receptionist, ask the bartender, ask your friends and family the universal question. I am confident all of us will have the universal answer and relief for you – water.