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How do you stay focused when you feel so out of touch?
« on: January 18, 2012, 03:34:47 pm »
I hope this is the right place to be posting this.
And I hope my title made sense.

I have such a strong calling towards nature, I could sit outside, in the woods for hours just listening and not get bored.

So here is my issue, I live in an awful city, where being close to nature is difficult. I can sit on my apartment balcony in the middle of the night and still not see stars. Because of my living situation I find it hard to practice on a regular basis. I just don't feel the energy I do when we are on a walk in the woods, or sitting around a fire in a field. Here it is buildings, cars, and pavement, and bright lights, ALL THE TIME! We are planning on moving, but its not going to happen in the very near future.

How do the rest of you stay focused on ritual, and worship when you feel out of touch with the natural world around you?
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Re: How do you stay focused when you feel so out of touch?
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2012, 03:54:50 pm »
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I hope this is the right place to be posting this.
And I hope my title made sense.

I have such a strong calling towards nature, I could sit outside, in the woods for hours just listening and not get bored.

So here is my issue, I live in an awful city, where being close to nature is difficult. I can sit on my apartment balcony in the middle of the night and still not see stars. Because of my living situation I find it hard to practice on a regular basis. I just don't feel the energy I do when we are on a walk in the woods, or sitting around a fire in a field. Here it is buildings, cars, and pavement, and bright lights, ALL THE TIME! We are planning on moving, but its not going to happen in the very near future.

How do the rest of you stay focused on ritual, and worship when you feel out of touch with the natural world around you?

 

Before I moved into a planned community (if you get a chance to find one of these in the urban sprawl I highly recommend it) I often found walks to small city parks to be a great way of focusing and grounding. Potted plants on the balcony (I'm talking a lot of them) were not only living altars to Demeter but were tiny places where I could get my hands in the dirt or feel and smell the growth of nature right under my finger tips.

Maybe some of this could work for you? City life is convenient in some ways and heinous in others.
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Re: How do you stay focused when you feel so out of touch?
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2012, 03:57:12 pm »
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So here is my issue, I live in an awful city, where being close to nature is difficult. I can sit on my apartment balcony in the middle of the night and still not see stars. Because of my living situation I find it hard to practice on a regular basis. I just don't feel the energy I do when we are on a walk in the woods, or sitting around a fire in a field. Here it is buildings, cars, and pavement, and bright lights, ALL THE TIME! We are planning on moving, but its not going to happen in the very near future.

How do the rest of you stay focused on ritual, and worship when you feel out of touch with the natural world around you?


I totally understand where you're coming from, though I am not in that position anymore.  I'm a nature person - I love tromping through the woods and I need to be around trees in order to feel "well."  I spent my childhood outside.  Once out of high school, I ended up going to college in New York City.

Boy, was that different, and very trying at times.  I lived there for five years, and I did feel a major disconnect between my spiritual self and what was around me.  I found it helped a lot to make frequent trips to the local parks - I spent a lot of time in Central Park (it wasn't like being in the woods, but it had enough trees and plants to make me feel a bit recharged).  Botanical Gardens and Zoos are other good places to find green to sit in.  

Also, make sure you take the time to appreciate the little things. City critters like squirrels, pigeons and sparrows are still animals - take notice of how capable they are at adapting to urban life and learn from them.  There are trees still around you on the streets - maybe "adopt" one to take care of by keeping it litter free and talking to it.
 
These things aren't exactly like being out in the wilderness, but I found it can help you stay connected to the natural energies you crave.

Hope that helps.  :)

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Re: How do you stay focused when you feel so out of touch?
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2012, 04:08:34 pm »
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How do the rest of you stay focused on ritual, and worship when you feel out of touch with the natural world around you?

 
Think smaller.  Try communing with the plants and animals that live in urban settings.  A dandelion pushing its way through the cracks in a sidewalk is a tiny Hercules, heroic in its microcosm.  Urban animals are equally strong, resilient, and praiseworthy.

Nature doesn't have to be pristine to be beautiful.

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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2012, 10:36:15 am »
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I often found walks to small city parks to be a great way of focusing and grounding. Potted plants on the balcony (I'm talking a lot of them) were not only living altars to Demeter but were tiny places where I could get my hands in the dirt or feel and smell the growth of nature right under my finger tips.

Maybe some of this could work for you? City life is convenient in some ways and heinous in others.

 
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I spent a lot of time in Central Park (it wasn't like being in the woods, but it had enough trees and plants to make me feel a bit recharged).  Botanical Gardens and Zoos are other good places to find green to sit in.  

Also, make sure you take the time to appreciate the little things. City critters like squirrels, pigeons and sparrows are still animals - take notice of how capable they are at adapting to urban life and learn from them.  There are trees still around you on the streets - maybe "adopt" one to take care of by keeping it litter free and talking to it.
 
These things aren't exactly like being out in the wilderness, but I found it can help you stay connected to the natural energies you crave.

Hope that helps.  :)


Thank you so much to everyone.
I will try and take more walks alone in the parks we have around. (There are a few) We also have a beautiful Zoo, its just a bit pricey so we only go 4 or 5 times a year. Potted plants are something I had never really considered, though I often admire my neighbor whose balcony is so full of them its a wonder she can even stand out there.
Thank you once again.
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Re: How do you stay focused when you feel so out of touch?
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2012, 07:12:20 am »
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Thank you so much to everyone.
I will try and take more walks alone in the parks we have around. (There are a few) We also have a beautiful Zoo, its just a bit pricey so we only go 4 or 5 times a year. Potted plants are something I had never really considered, though I often admire my neighbor whose balcony is so full of them its a wonder she can even stand out there.
Thank you once again.


The beauty of the Craft is that it has many roads leading to the same destiny. While reading the useful hints of the other members, I came up with two more possibilities:
1) Remember that we, people, are part of nature, and, therefore, we contain each and every single natural element, so, deep meditation exercises do rock,
2) This one is practiced by me quite oftenly, visualization of forests and rivers and animals and bugs and the like, usually immerses you in the such a deep experience that you feel like you really went to the physical place, when, in fact, you never left your bed, but feel as replenished and gorgeous as if it was real.

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Re: How do you stay focused when you feel so out of touch?
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The beauty of the Craft is that it has many roads leading to the same destiny. While reading the useful hints of the other members, I came up with two more possibilities:
1) Remember that we, people, are part of nature, and, therefore, we contain each and every single natural element, so, deep meditation exercises do rock,
2) This one is practiced by me quite oftenly, visualization of forests and rivers and animals and bugs and the like, usually immerses you in the such a deep experience that you feel like you really went to the physical place, when, in fact, you never left your bed, but feel as replenished and gorgeous as if it was real.

Cheers!

 
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Re: How do you stay focused when you feel so out of touch?
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2012, 11:55:36 pm »
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Thank you so much to everyone.
I will try and take more walks alone in the parks we have around. (There are a few) We also have a beautiful Zoo, its just a bit pricey so we only go 4 or 5 times a year. Potted plants are something I had never really considered, though I often admire my neighbor whose balcony is so full of them its a wonder she can even stand out there.
Thank you once again.

 
If you are friendly with your neighbor, you could enlist her to help your garden.  If she's got that many plants, she probably wouldn't mind sharing the madness.

I second the reminder that people are part of the natural world.  Go somewhere to do some people watching.  See how they display plumage (clothes), observe which ones seem to enjoy inclement weather, note memorials and works of art.

Remember what some people say about weeds.  A weed is a flower where you don't want it.  Rather than focusing on the lack of rural nature, look to the urban nature that is all around you.  It's different, yes, but no less natural.
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Re: How do you stay focused when you feel so out of touch?
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2012, 07:27:49 am »
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So here is my issue, I live in an awful city, where being close to nature is difficult. I can sit on my apartment balcony in the middle of the night and still not see stars. Because of my living situation I find it hard to practice on a regular basis. I just don't feel the energy I do when we are on a walk in the woods, or sitting around a fire in a field. Here it is buildings, cars, and pavement, and bright lights, ALL THE TIME! We are planning on moving, but its not going to happen in the very near future.

How do the rest of you stay focused on ritual, and worship when you feel out of touch with the natural world around you?


I'm lucky enough to live in the suburbs of London, where I have only a short bike or bus journey to the woods and the river. Even so, a controlling mother and schoolwork taking up more time than I'd like, I don't get to spend much time in nature right now.

Whenever I'm in a beautiful natural place and I see a feather, bone, pretty rock or fallen branch on the ground I pick it up, and while I'm still out I try to concentrate as much of the feeling of the place as I can into the object - so when I come to put it on my altar, touching the object brings back those memories and helps me stay in touch with nature.

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