Sitting With Nature
I discovered the Sit Spot Practice a few years ago when I was studying to be a Nature and Forest Therapy guide. I immediately began to notice how sitting consciously in nature was very different from my other experiences of being outdoors i.e. hiking and bushwalking. I started by visiting the same spot in my local bushland at least twice per week and giving myself permission to sit for at least 20 minutes. What has unfolded over the years is a deep and intimate connection to place, a sense of belonging, like coming home.
A sit spot practice is a nature connection practice where you sit and rest in nature. It connects you to the natural world and allows you to experience the natural wonders unfold around you. The practice cultivates a deep intimate awareness of the natural world and evokes a sense of oneness as you expand your senses and study patterns of local plants, birds, trees and animals (including self).
A regular practice of sitting in a spot with nature allows you to be present in the moment. It brings about clarity of mind and awakens your senses to your environment which over time enhances your sensitivity to nature. You will begin to feel a deep sense of peace and happiness and self-transformation. You will become deeply connected to your landscape and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world making friends with trees and having birds as acquaintances. It brings an embodied awareness of change, in seasons and your self.
Mindful in Nature has developed a downloadable guide on How To Develop A Sit Spot Practice