The city means no fields thick with cuckooflower, no freshly wetted soil to sink your fingers into, no leverets haring it across the hill. A whole lot of pigeons though.
I’ve found it tricky living in a place like Manchester – on Monday morning that spiritual connection with the Earth is just one big ‘nope’ – but I’ve found some sneaky things we all can do to find that wildness wherever we are.
1. Tune in
I’m no stranger to the magic of places – I’ve been a practising Pagan for 16 years. Plenty of that time has involved tinkering with herbs on my windowsill and gazing dreamily at the moon like a poster of my teenage crush, but the majority of it has been spent outside listening to the garden and working with the seasons. Everything about nature, the budding trees and the patter of rain, is inviting. I’ve found that nature wants you to touch it, absorb it; it wants you to get involved.
Nature wants you to notice it
When the world seems to be made of concrete, take a few moments to find that quiet place where you can tap into the crescent moon or the morning birdsong and see how it makes you feel – touch it, smell it, taste it! How do you feel now?