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WHY NOW

If we miss the moment 
we miss our life

…And our life is not to be missed, suffered, nor lived in a state of haphazard denial.

It can be treasured, and taken up with vitality and intimacy with all things.
To be present is simply to take up attention now. Regardless of past knowing or accomplishment. Regardless of plans or fears of what lies ahead. All that resides in the moment, and we place our attention gently there.

In both activity and repose, this is where the attention can rest.
If it gets lost, giving attention to water can help it return.
Water is one way of sensing both the immediacy of our support, and the immediacy of our utter obligation.

There are, of course, other ways to parse the matter at hand.
The beauty of water as the language for our world/self is that it is also beautiful. The very moment we give attention to water as an "issue", we are also in the neighborhood of our most soothing element, our birthplace, the refreshment of each blink of the eye.

It cannot be denied that at the present moment  over 1.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water, and 2.5 billion people have no access to proper sanitation. More than five million people die each year from water-related diseases—ten-times the number killed in wars, on average, each year.

Industry: 22% of water consumption
Agriculture: 70% of water consumption
Domestic use: 8% of water consumption

Where freshwater supplies are plentiful, they are increasingly becoming less so.

Water intersects, flows through, everything—

May it return the attention
the body
the intelligence
the wit and the wisdom
to the present
and be expressed
on behalf
of all

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