Living in a city, otherwise known as a “concrete jungle”, can be challenging for anyone wanting to develop their spirituality or nurture their inner being.
As spiritual beings, our energy flow is much more conducive to being in natural environments – in other words, in and amongst nature – where the energy flow is not restricted by the sprawling amounts of bricks and mortar and chaotic energies so prevalent and abundant in urban areas.
If you do happen to live in a city, there are things that you can do, as a city dweller, to get the most out of an urban environment to support you in your spiritual development. In this series, I will introduce you to some of those things.
This Urban Guide to Spirituality is by no means exclusively for just those living in urban areas, as the guidance shared here can be used by anyone anywhere in the world wanting to incorporate their spirituality into their daily lives.
Connecting with the water elemental in a city
Water is a vital source of life. Not only does it represent a huge proportion of the composition of the planet, covering about 71% of the Earth’s surface, an adult body is also made up of about 60% water, and a newborn is made up of 74% of water.
Water is a cleansing, purifying, healing, psychic, and loving element. It is a great necessity in life and for sustaining life.
Cities were often founded on the banks of rivers, and many big cities of the world are shaped and known by the river that runs through it.
To connect with the water elemental, head for the waterways in your city – not the main river, but a wetlands, a pond, or a canal. Fortunately in many cities, you are never too far from a stretch of canal as it was these that were used as the main trading routes back in the day.
Manmade canal networks have become increasingly important for wildlife and can play a strong part in a city’s ecosystem. In London, for instance, the whole canal system has been designated a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC), citing that “London’s network of canals fulfil an important function in allowing nature into heavily built-up environments”.
There are areas in cities where the canal passes through that are quiet and full of wildlife, wild flowers and even edibles, and can be a good place to sit and just be. A freshwater lake, it isn’t, but it provides city dwellers who desire to connect with the water elemental and wildlife, the opportunity to do so.
You can also head for your nearest wetlands. Wetlands play a key part in providing residents with clean water, and helps to control erosion. They are also home to a rich diversity of wildlife, and while many people head to a park on a warm day, head for your nearest wetlands instead, where you can get some much needed respite while marvelling at these beautiful ecosystems which support numerous plant and animal species.
Rosalind Medea is an Intuitive Reader and Counsellor. I also write about sustainable lifestyle and living, including wellbeing and mind, body & soul.