It’s the simple act of finding a place outdoors where you can disconnect from technology, sit, and slip into a quiet mind. By taking yourself out of your regular routine and reconnecting with the rhythms of the natural world, you'll begin to recalibrate and reconnect with your own true nature. When you continually practice the systematic opening up of all your senses, you’ll strengthen your awareness of both your internal and external landscapes.
Science has also caught up and tracked cool findings like: *Spending peaceful time in nature decreases your stress hormone levels, decreasing your blood pressure. *It also increases your sense of well-being and sense of belonging which combat depression, which is kind of important.
Sit Spot has been found all over the world. Every culture, every tribe, and we'll go so far as to say every individual, has a unique way of making the basics of the practice work for them.
As you find your own way, keep this important terminology in mind: *Sitting mindfully inside = Meditation *Walking mindfully outside = Walking meditation *Mindfully sitting outside = Sit Spot
If you want more guidance and proven practices to support the deepening of your connection to the world around you, sign up for Sagefire Institute’s free Sitting on PURPOSE program.
You can also begin Sit Spot right now by following these steps…
1) Find a place you can conveniently visit every day. It’s better to have your Sit Spot in a back-yard or local park than in the most “perfect and wild” location a mile down the road. Convenience and safety set you up for success.
2) Find a place that animals are attracted to— one that provides wildlife with water, shelter, and/or food. Transition areas, where fields meet tree lines, yard meets shrubs, or where stream meets woods, are often hotspots for a variety of species and offer an excellent view. If your backyard has none of these, make them! A bird feeder or bird-bath are simple ways to attract wildlife to your Sit Spot.
3) When going to your Sit Spot, move as quietly as possible. The more noise you make, the more you’ll disturb creatures nearby and the longer it will take for them to get back to business as usual (baseline behavior). Fox Walking, Owl Eyes, and other routines of awareness explained in the Sitting on PURPOSE program will help you with this.
4) Make sure you’re comfy cozy and dressed for the weather. You may want to add extra layers, rain gear, a hat or a blanket.
6) Sit Spot is a place for you to be with nature. Leave distractions at home, even your journal and *gasp* your phone! However, if bringing a cup of tea or coffee will make your experience more pleasurable, by all means do so.
7) Once there, Sit. Breathe. Offer gratitude. Open your senses. Repeat.