Thursday, January 5, 2012
to smooth the stone
Henry David Thoreau
Today is day four of drinking more water for me. I half expected to feel better immediately, but I've actually been feeling kind of ill since I started. I suspect I'm flushing out some nasty toxins, and those things never leave without some kicking and screaming. Plus, I'm spending an inordinate amount of time in the bathroom. All of this is fine with me. I know my body needs this badly and I'm in it for the long haul.
There's something about drinking a lot of water that forces you to face up to the reality of having a body. Every time I take a sip of it and every time I visit the bathroom (way more often than is convenient for me) I'm reminded of my physicality. Especially when I drink cold water, I can feel it's coolness traveling all the way to my stomach. When I forget to drink for a while, I can feel the dryness shriveling me up ever so slightly, leaving a desert-like landscape in my throat. Yep, I have a body and it responds to what I do and don't do to care for it.
I'm confident that if I continue walking in this direction, nothing but good can come of it. I just have to be patient and allow the water to do what water does. I trust that "the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time" will smooth the stone of my health and my heart.