With cities all around the world adapting to capitalistic demands and evolving into cosmopolitan centers of consumption, humans need to remain mindful and connected with their natural essence. In order to stay connected and peaceful, we can make efforts to ensure that we remain intact and true to ourselves and not let the bustling, growing metropolis shape how we experience our environment and our own selves.
Sounds simple enough, but a smile really does go a long way. Days in the city can be long, loud and tiring. An active effort to smile through cuch days sends signals to your body and mind, spreading a lighter energy within you. Smiling at people changes the direction of your day, allowing you to feel your interactions at a deeper level. The need for human-based interaction in cities cannot be denied- in fact it is what most of us crave on regular days.
Train your eye
Get used to actively looking for beauty. Make an effort to search for the moon in the night sky, or step outside your house and enjoy the cool breeze on your face. As humans, we tend to lean on negativity- it is always easier to find negativity than looking for positivity. However, when you make that particular intention of seeing beauty and cultivating positivity, you can train your senses to identify it easily. Look out the window during long drives, observe people in their element, notice the animals around you of all types. Live a little.
In order to create a harmonious environment, both effort and intention are required.When you give, you receive. Plant trees, flowers and plants to beautify and improve your living area. Create beauty with the intention of spreading it. Include your friends and family in such tasks, so that the energy spreads to as many people as possible. Remember, you are responsible for the energy around you! Use plants as a way of giving back to and taking care of the city.
Diffuse the sense of hurry, urgency and disconnection that usually defines capitalist societies. Practice gratitude and appreciation and teach others around you to do the same. Helping others work through their problems with the city will improve your own relationship with it. Once this relationship is developed, you can continue the process of giving and taking, maximising what you gain from your own environment.
Illustration by: Muzna Roghay