Living in certain communities can be draining, but there are steps that can be taken to make it all work in harmony.

The communities we reside in have souls. Our communities consume, create, evolve, and breathe much in the same way Mother Nature does. Each is unique, defined not only by the individuals who call it home but also by the energy it exudes. Some are suffused by an aura of unshakable calm while others seem continually frenetic, even during the joyous times. Many inspire creativity within us or arouse our curiosity. This energy is dependent on many factors, including the geography, the people and the culture. Residing in a community that is full of warehouses and factories feels very different than one living in one populated by artists and museums. Some communities elevate the soul while others seem to squash it and fate may lead us to either.

If the area you presently call home feels oppressive or robs you of your vitality, consider relocating to a locale that is more nurturing. You may find that leaving is an impossibility, however, if circumstances in your life compel you to remain or the universe has plans for you that involve your staying put then change your perspective. Take steps to cleanse your home, your work spaces and your life of the energy that is dragging you down.

As you become increasingly aware of the way you feel, you can refine your expectations to meet your individual needs. If you seek out others who feel driven to get the flow of your community going, your combined efforts can become a larger movement that promotes healing and goodwill. You may find that, after a time, you are gradually drawn to those aspects that energize you, helping you come back into balance.

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