It is very difficult to be in a balanced state of stillness in the city.
Especially when you are confronting the practicality of earning a living.
Especially when you have to work a city job to feed the family.
Especially when you form ties with people and things and ideas.
A period of aloneness and solitude is very important for those who first seek equanimity and stillness.
Challenging, however, is still to be still when you return to the crowd and social relationships.
The fires may be gone but the coals remain hot and red. All it takes is a breeze to rekindle.