I have recently embarked on a 30 day sit spot challenge. The sit spot, for those that aren’t aware, is a location that you can easily get to and be with nature. All the guidance that I have heard about the sit spot is that it shouldn’t be more than a 5 minute walk from your residence. If your spot is further than that, you are likely to talk yourself out of going. My sit spot is on the porch of an old shed. It is steps from my house and provides me a little bit of shelter from the weather.
The specific sit spot challenge that I am participating in has daily invitations. These invitations are suggestions to help you engage with the environment. They can be anything from “What do you hear”, to “Draw something from nature that you find at your spot”. These invitations are intended to build your awareness of what is happening around you. Today’s invitation was “notice the sky.”
Although it is not required, I bring a journal with me to my sit spot. My journal collects specific observations such as what birds do I see today and what is the weather. But it also collects my rambling thoughts, ideas, and doodles.
One of my latest fun activities with the journal has been to write poetry. Specifically, I have been attempting to write haikus. There is so much about haikus that I still need to learn, and I am definitely a novice at the practice. But, with all that said, I still enjoy the process of observing and then attempting to put those observations into haiku structure. Below is my haiku on the sky:
- A gray barrier
- Separates me from space
- A spring storm has passed
I am wondering, do you have an daily practice that helps you connect with nature?