Let’s get one thing clear, living in a city can be a lot of fun, but it can also be very stressful. It’s very easy to see where the stress could come from. This is especially true if you are commuting day after day in a big cosmopolitan area like New York City.
Usually, when people talk about New York City, they often think about Manhattan. But you have to understand that when you mention the word “New York City,” you’re actually talking about many different boroughs and you’re talking about a huge geographic area with a tremendously high population density per square meter.
Given that reality, it can get quite dirty, gritty, and yes, stressful. You have different people, and I’m not just talking about the possibility or the threat of crime, but there’s a lot to stress you out. There’s a lot of pressure there. And this is why it’s not uncommon for people to feel like they are alone in a sea of strangers.
Once you get that feeling, it’s very easy to feel depressed. It’s very easy to feel disconnected, alienated, and otherwise not a fully connected member of the society that you see all around you. You’re caught up in this sea of people, but they are all blank faces.
It’s not uncommon for people to conclude that they have somehow, some way, fallen between the cracks. Nobody really knows them. Their feelings really don’t matter. They really don’t have much destiny. They’re just part of the swarm that gets born, gets old, gets sick and die, only to be replaced by another swarm, which is in turn replaced by another swarm after it.
I don’t mean to depress you, but I just want to highlight some uncomfortable facts about city life. It can be quite tiresome. It can definitely grind you down. This is why if you ever need a mental and emotional break, visit a garden.
It doesn’t matter how big it is, it doesn’t really matter where it’s located, as long as there’s enough open space, it will do its job. What is its job? It’s very simple. It enables you to reconnect yourself with your natural aspect.
Human beings can become so artificial due to our jobs, and our surroundings, that we often feel like robots. You do the same things over and over again. This is what Karl Marx referred to as the daily humiliation of work.
Modern work can be quite an alienating experience. When take an emotional break by visiting a garden, you reconnect with the natural aspect of you. Seriously.
This is the part of you that doesn’t care what the clock says it is. This is the part of you that doesn’t care about trading your time for money. Instead, it reconnects you with your soul, with how Mother Nature works and natural time cycles.
By visiting a garden, you get yourself a much needed emotional reboot that enables you to become a more effective person all around.