How many of you in recent weeks, or even in recent months have thought about the oil spill surrounding the Gulf? Thought so…

The disaster surrounding the Gulf is ‘under control’ or so the media tells us. It is often that we do not realize the true impact of an event until months, possibly years later. Obviously the oil spill has had an effect on our eco system, and we will see the effects within ourselves if we do continue to consume fish and seafood from those waters.

There’s a fun term called ‘Bioaccumulation’, in which contaminates are consumed by a microorganism or the smallest of fish. When we think of the food chain, these levels of contaminates increase exponentially in different and larger species. Eventually, humans consume these animals or fish as food, and as we are amongst the top of the food chain, we get the greatest quantities. This can have profound effect on our endocrine, central nervous system and immune system.

Gulf Oil Spill and Our Food Chain

Contaminates and chemicals accumulate in animal and human fats, easily transported through the placenta and the blood-brain barrier, making this an even more dangerous situation for offspring of any species. Studies show that a fetus can store more toxins than the mother and are typically transmitted through breast milk. These chemicals can create abnormalities in the urinary and genital organs, create behavioural and immune malfunctions as well as effect the thyroid and central nervous system issues up to the third generation.

Why do I mention this so long after the Gulf Disaster occurred? Because history likes to repeat itself, especially if there was not enough of an impact on humanity forcing people to ‘wake up’. Here we go again! Let’s talk about Japan! Only this time there has been a greater impact – human lives were taken, more lives are endangered, and radiation levels are at an all time dangerous high. Radiation is affecting the air as well as seeping into the Ocean.

Yesterday at 12:00 noon, all over the world there were prayers being said to heal the waters of Japan, similar to the Gulf Blessing intended to heal the Gulf Coast. Dr. Masaru Emoto (I am sure I have mentioned his name before), is a scientist and water activist – for years has been studying the healing effects prayer and positive intention has on water. I have read several of his books and have always been deeply moved. Although the world-wide prayer for Japan was in fact yesterday, does not mean it is too late to continue to put this intention into effect.

Heart centred energy, especially that of ‘Love and Gratitude’ is incredibly healing, not just to us as emotional beings, but to the energy and health of the water.

There is a special combination that seems to be perfect for this, which is love plus the combination of thanks and appreciation reflected in the English word gratitude. Just one of these is not enough. Love needs to be based in gratitude, and gratitude needs to be based in love. These two words together create the most important vibration. And it is even more important that we understand the value of these words. For example, we know that water is described as H2O. If we were to look at love and gratitude as a pair, gratitude is the H and love is the O. Water is the basis that not only supports but also allows the existence of life. In my understanding of the concept of yin and yang, in the same way that there is one O and two Hs, we also need one part yang/love to two parts yin/gratitude, in order to come to a place of balance in the equation. –Dr. Emoto

We may not have any oceans around us here in Toronto, but the waters are all interconnected. Take a moment, perhaps this weekend to share your love and gratitude for water and what it provides. It sustains our life, we could not exist if it were not for its presence. Remember that…and as you give thanks for the waters close to home, send your intentions to the waters surrounding the Gulf, and especially now, Japan. Pray for the waters which sustain the life of others half way around the globe.

This leads me to think of  ‘OM Shanti Shanti Shanti’. For me it has become a familiar chant to close a yoga class, but as the natural disasters around the world begin to increase in occurence and severity, I feel as if I am connected to those around the world who are in need of hope, support and of peace. We may not have the ability to help in body, but there are no restrictions to us being able to help in spirit.

It has been a long time since I have shared on this blog. I hope to continue to allow this to be my outlet to share myself, share what I am thinking about and share a side of myself which I keep tucked away in my daily life.

Peace and Blessings to you all.