What Is A Sit Spot?

In your life, is there one constant that can always be relied upon to bring you comfort, particularly in times of stress?  For me, that is nature.  For so many who have found their daily routines completely, unexpectedly altered, when you are really finding yourself needing a break, can I suggest hitting pause on all the pressing things that might need to be done, and ask you to just step outside?   Find a quiet spot in your backyard, or on your front porch, to sit for a moment and just breathe.  Is there a strong earthy scent as the dirt and leaves are thawing?   How many birds can you see or hear?  Are there any insects crawling or flying yet?  Any buds coming on any branches nearby?  Any blades of grass or daffodils making their appearance?  Do you feel the breeze on your face as you tilt it up to the sky to soak up the warmth as well?  Take a couple more deep breaths and enjoy before you have to go back.  Feel better?

If you have kids, of any age, I would encourage them to do the same.  Have you ever heard of a sit spot challenge?  I challenge/invite you to do this every day for 30 days.  Find a special spot that you can visit for at least 15 minutes every day.   Start a journal to keep track of what you notice each day and what changes over the course of 30 days.  Vary the time of day you visit and see how the activity level changes.  Venture out to visit your spot at night so you can also listen for owls or watch the stars come out.

In the hectic, stressful pace of our daily lives, it is easy to get overwhelmed or lose perspective.  For me, taking the time to go outside, listen and just be, grounds me.  It makes me feel reconnected and, indeed, a part of everything around me.   It is a good reminder that sometimes, the small things can really be huge.

-Jay Sullivan, Staff Naturalist, Great Bay NERR


For updates and more info on sit spots read Jay’s second blog.