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Author Topic: Urban Pagan - help!  (Read 12941 times)
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« Reply #3: July 23, 2010, 10:17:00 pm »

You could, for example, observe how the city changes with the seasons--it won't be the same as planting a field, watching it grow, and then harvesting food from it, but that doesn't mean there isn't a cycle anyway.  (If nothing else, there's probably *some* sort of weather cycle, though how dramatic the change over the course of it is will of course depend on exactly where you're at.)  Most cities have some form of "natural" life in them--city parks, trees or flowers planted for decoration here and there, birds, even cockroaches and rats.  You could see what you can find and how you can experience nature through the lens of those things.

Another thought here:  Is a city not "natural" just because it's man-made?  Would you say that a beaver dam is "nature"?  What makes a skyscraper different from a beaver dam?  I don't know if trying to see man and man-made objects as part of nature will be a useful angle for you personally, but it might be worth thinking about at least.  I've been told that cities have a life and a pulse of their own; maybe it would help you to try to seek that out, rather than trying to transplant a rural practice into the city.
Heh - I'm redundant.  These two paragraphs are exactly the two key points I'd make about urban practice of a nature-based path (phrased much as I was planning to, too).


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