Friends, I urge you to read this article about the dangers of humid heat. As you know, the New Orleans area is already experiencing the effects of climate change, and humid heat is one of the most dangerous consequences.
The article explains how humid heat can make it difficult for the body to cool itself down, which can lead to heat stress, heat stroke, and even death. The most vulnerable people are infants, the elderly, and people with chronic health conditions.
In addition to these physical dangers, there are spiritual dangers. When our environment is damaged, it can make it difficult to connect with our spiritual selves, to remember our obligations to each other and to the Earth.
We must take action to address climate change. We need to reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases, and we need to invest in renewable energy. We also need to adapt to the changes that are already happening, such as more extreme weather events and rising sea levels.
Here are a few things we can do to stay safe in humid heat:
- Drink plenty of fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Water is best, but you can also have juice, sports drinks, or clear soup.
- Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day, which is usually between 11am and 3pm.
- Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. This will help your body stay cool.
- Take cool showers or baths.
- If you can, stay in an air-conditioned environment. But don’t necessarily crank the thermostat down low. We need to consume less energy.
- Check on elderly neighbors and relatives who may be at risk.
We can also take steps to protect our spiritual health in humid heat. Here are a few ideas:
- Meditate or pray in a cool place. Personally, I sit outside in the heat for my morning meditation, but believe me when I say I’m sitting in the shade! It’s important to know your limits.
- Create a sacred space in our homes that is comfortable and relaxing.
- Spend time in nature, but avoid being in direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day. Stay hydrated and be alert to overheating.
- Connect with other spiritual folks who can offer support and encouragement.
By taking these steps, we can stay safe and healthy in humid heat, and we can continue to connect with our spiritual selves and with Gaia.