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5 Ways to cultivate a mindfulness practice in the city

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From attending cultural events and meeting people, to exploring different environments and trying out new cuisines, cities are a source of endless discovery and enrichment. However, with that excitement and stimulation comes constant noise, movement and sensory overload that can leave us overwhelmed and disorientated. Often, the fast pace of urban living makes it difficult to cultivate a sense of presence, awareness and connection.

Cultivating a mindfulness practice in the city involves finding ways to navigate these challenges and develop a deeper sense of connection and presence. By engaging with mindfulness and awareness, we can learn to be more present with our surroundings, emotions and physical experiences. In addition, creating a mindfulness practice in the city can help us cultivate a sense of connection and belonging.

Here are some tips for creating a mindfulness practice in the city.

Seek spaces to reflect

Spending time in a tranquil oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the city can boost our overall well-being and restore our equilibrium. Even a few moments in a lunch break or before work can really help switch us out of ‘busy mode’ and feel more peaceful and calm.

Seek out the hidden gems where peace and serenity thrive, such as libraries, museums or book shops and find a moment of respite from the urban chaos. Step into the sacred space of a church or temple, where the cool silence and the glow of candlelight invite you to find peace and solace. Or escape to quiet parks, gardens and squares tucked away from the crowds and allow yourself to reconnect with the beauty of nature.

With our busy lives, it can be hard to find time for creating a mindfulness practice in the city. However, it is worth setting aside a few minutes in the day for this practice. Even simply spending a moment gazing at the passing clouds or the leaves fluttering in the breeze can be enough to switch into a calmer state of being. And this small reset can really set the tone for the rest of the day, switching us out of stress and into serenity.

Connect with community

Immersing ourselves in the vibrant fabric of our community can be a powerful way to cultivate a sense of belonging, purpose and connection in the city. From lending a helping hand at a local charity to sparking conversations with neighbours, colleagues, or friendly sales assistants – these interactions bridge the gaps that often separate us from the world around us.

Through these connections, we begin to see ourselves as integral parts of a larger whole, building a sense of unity and fostering a deeper understanding of ourselves and our surroundings. By engaging with our community, we not only contribute to its vibrancy but also uncover the rich tapestry of stories, experiences and perspectives that make city life so captivating.

While we will inevitably have some negative interactions from time to time in the city, seeking out more positive ones can redress the balance and make us feel happier and more comfortable in the urban world.

Engage your Senses

The city creates a sensory overload with vibrant sights, sounds and smells at every turn. Instead of letting it overwhelm us, we can learn to engage our senses mindfully. Take a moment to observe the play of light on buildings, tune in to the rhythm of the city’s soundscape, or savour the aroma of street food.

By immersing ourselves fully in each aspect of city life and focusing on it more intently, we can reduce the sensory overwhelm. While there is no denying that towns and cities are busy and noisy, we can find fragments of beauty and moments of mindful living amidst the hustle and bustle.

Practice Mindful Commuting

Commuting in a city can be a source of stress and anxiety. However, reframing your perspective and turning it into an opportunity for a mindfulness practice can transform your daily journeys, though I admit this is not always easy and may take some practice!

Instead of being lost in thoughts or frustration, bring awareness to your breath and sensations as you navigate the bustling streets or public transportation. Use your time on a bus or train to do breathwork, meditation, relaxation, journaling or to read an inspiring book. Practice kindness towards fellow commuters, even amidst the rush and bustle. By approaching your commute with mindfulness, you can turn it into a time of reflection, relaxation and even inspiration.

Create space for mindfulness practice

Creating a dedicated space for cultivating mindful living at home or in the office can help to create a more serene life. This does not have to be complicated: a simple plant, candle, photograph or artwork may be enough to help you focus, relax and find a moment of peace. You can of course create an altar if you’d like.

By intentionally setting aside this sacred space, you create a tangible reminder to prioritize your mental and emotional well-being. If you work at a desk, then take a few minutes each day to look out of a window if you can, to allow your eyes to relax. At home, spend a few minutes each day in your sacred space to set yourself up for the day ahead, or restore after a busy day.

In conclusion, cultivating a mindfulness practice in the city is about embracing excitement and novelty while also navigating the more challenging aspects of city living with grace and inner tranquillity. By cultivating mindful living, we can embrace a more peaceful and serene life in the city, where we feel more connected to ourselves, our surroundings and the richness of urban experiences.

Eva May Baker
Eva May Baker
Hello, and welcome to The City Witch, your portal into the magical world that exists within the hustle and bustle of city life. My name is Eva Baker and I am an urban folk witch, author and your guide on this magical journey.

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