The Oldest Practice for Restoring Peace to our Hearts

As women we engage with many weaves of connection as we tend to family, community, and to other aspects of the world that we love. The ancient practice of the Sit Spot or Sacred Spot invites us to open to the natural world outside of us and within us to rebalance and nourish our whole selves, and help restore inner peace.

The process is simple! Just step outside and take in the nature around you with all your senses. I encourage you to find that nature within you, through sensation or your imagination.

That cloud above? How and where do experience that cloud within your physical body? How about in your sensations, or in the thoughts that arise?

The ivy climbing that wall? Where does that plant make its home within you — where is it literally “climbing the wall” in your thoughts? Is this an “edgy” notion to consider? If so, how might this expression of nature feel supportive of you instead? How might you even find replenishment from it?

Return to that same spot at different times of the day or night. Return to it and pause there daily, if possible. What do you notice? How might you expand your awareness each time you return? What new thing might you notice and how is it part of you–physically, emotionally, spiritually? As you return, notice, and engage with passing time and seasons (don’t let the rain stop you!), how do you find that this Sacred Spot mirrors your own unique, sacred nature?

Have you ever had a secret place outside that you returned to again and again? What gifts did you receive from that place during that time?

You can layer many threads into a Sit Spot practice, but at the heart of it is the reminder, and felt realization and understanding, that we women are indeed nature woven. We can take rest and nourishment from that awareness and your experience of it!

I hope you enjoy this short video. Please share your stories, musings, and reflections in the comment box below!

Posted by Jane Valencia

2 thoughts on “The Oldest Practice for Restoring Peace to our Hearts”

  1. Jane, what a lovely reminder of what the natural world can give us. Today is our first fine day for ages (here in New Zealand we are having a very wet spring) and I’ve just been to sit on a nearby beach under the trees. I returned home, aware of how delicious it was to listen to the wind, the waves, and to feel the soft sand underneath me. Then I watched you in the field of grasses. I love the idea of a ‘sit spot’. Thank you.

    1. How lovely, Juliet! Thank you for sharing your own ‘sit spot’ experience. I’m so curious about the color and consistency of the sand (tiny grains? larger? how is it a mixture of stone and shell? or, since you describe the sand as being soft, how is it a uniform consistency where you can’t really tell what is what?). And what kinds of trees are along your shore? I’m of course imagining palm trees — but that’s my stereotype of ‘south of the equator’ shores. Now I wonder what really is there? One kind of tree, or many? And then you mention the wind …. Ah, just the few lines of your description open a whole sit spot experience for me — one generated curiosity and imagination in response!

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