Column – Enjoy peace and quiet with favorite sit spots
Published 5:22 pm Friday, January 6, 2023
Everybody should have a “sit spot,” a place, a chair, a bench, to sit on quietly and contemplate the universe. Refuge. Personal Space. Total Relaxation.
Yoga people, nature people, trendy folks have hit upon the phrase “sit spot” and rightly sing the benefits of outdoor locations — forest glens, hillside lookouts, sand dune perches and garden bowers. All are wonderful spots for deep breathing and letting the mind go blank.
But there is no rule saying it has to be outdoors. Take these for example — a favorite chair in a den, a sunroom lookout or a balcony with a lawn chair. All of these will go far to lower your blood pressure. And the more stressful your life, the more beneficial the sit.
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Music helps, but is not necessary. It is up to the sitter. A pet helps, but is not necessary. (Depends on the pet!) Light. Dark. Whatever fits the mood.
What is essential is the belonging. The sitter must belong in that spot, share its nature and essence. And the place should “belong” to the person, a chosen location, valued for its calm, a place to reflect on what happened earlier and what to do in the near future.
You probably have such a place already; if not, it’s time to find one, create one, realize how special it is or can be. We even have an indoor one (a double chair), and an indoor/out door one (a potting shed made of recycled windows), and a “nature” one at Lone Star Lakes where we walk our dog daily.
Happy places, happy people, happy dog.
Susan and Bradford “Biff” Andrews are retired teachers and master naturalists who have been outdoor people all their lives, exploring and enjoying the woods, swamps, rivers and beaches throughout the region for many years. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.