What is a Sit Spot? A sit spot is a place one goes to often and regularly to look, listen, feel, smell, and even taste the surrounding landscape.
Why do a sit spot? Sit spots, like meditation, have been shown to improve mental and physical health as well as improve the participant’s spiritual state. Sit spots also allow you to see animals and other natural mysteries not seen in normal outdoor recreation. Doing a sit spot regularly also increases one’s awareness and understanding of the natural world.
Who can/should do a Sit Spot? Everyone and anyone. Any limitation can be compensated for with simple adaptation to the sit spot process. The benefits are so numerous and free and they permeate all aspects of our life.
When should you do a Sit Spot? As often and regularly as possible that keeps you interested in it, and doesn't interfere with other aspects of your life as to produce a negative effect. Generally, the more often and regular you go to your spot and the longer you spend there, the greater the benefits.
Where is a good Sit Spot location? Bottom line: anywhere you will be most likely to go to often and regular. Other aspects that make a good sit spot.
Easy to access. Your spot should be easy to get to.
Safe. Take into account hazards such as poison ivy, water hazards, widow makers (large dead branches above you that may fall), etc. People are often a hazard as well. Use your best judgment to determine of your spot is safe. Make sure it is legal to go there.
That’s it! Go there often and regular and use your senses to observe primal and essential part of our existence, nature. Below are some things that can enhance your experience with a sit spot.
How to make it happen...better?
Go there often and regular.
Pick a spot that is special to you.
Pick a spot with these characteristics:
Diverse habitat. Pick a spot that’s part meadow, forest, water feature, etc.
“Edges” Like where a meadow meets a forest or a lake meets the shore.
Water feature. We all need water.
Pick a spot where you can see. Doesn't need to be wide open.
A spot that’s private.
Have multiple spots.
Journal what you see/find.
Some people enjoy “modifying” their spot. Make it like a camp, make it comfortable. Do so in a way though that is legal and ethical. Use natural materials that will blend in with the surroundings and decompose normally.
Remember, the bottom line is that you pick a spot you go to OFTEN and REGULARLY. Enjoy.
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