Sit-spot meditation is a fancy term for finding a space to sit alone in nature free from agenda, conversation, and a spinny mind. The goal of the sit-spot is to simply notice and experience your surroundings without analyzing or making judgments.
A great way to sit-spot is to go walking until the mind becomes quiet or tired, and then plop down in the most comfortable spot within visual range. Knowing that there is no right way to choose or to be can help put you at ease. Lay yourself out on a comfortable mattress of moss or squat beside the shoreline and don’t get up until you’re ready. Too often we spend our days racing time with our mind as the frontrunner. This is an opportunity to pull it out of gear and let your body take over.
Being still can help your brain settle when paired with a mild sensory environment, but if being completely still is stress-inducing for you, it can be helpful to interact with your environment. Try squishing the ground in front of you, picking up handfuls of gravel or sand and letting it fall through your fingers. Kids love it, too. Getting to be alone in a spot of their choosing without an objective comes naturally to them. Checking out without a plan is a practice that benefits you and your company.