Sometimes life presents you with a simple idea that changes everything.
My creativity relies on a strong connection to the feminine divine and to the wonder of the natural world. Living in the modern world, however, often removes me from both of these sources of comfort and inspiration.
Ritual is my way back. Ritual is the method I use to drop into creative flow and to reconnect with the why behind the what of my paintings and writing. When I need something more than a quick ritual, I make the time for meditation by visiting my sit spot.
One of the most powerful rituals I know is the sit spot. Over time, it goes beyond ritual to a level of profound personal tradition and can transform and inform your life and your art. This place will become sacred to you.
Here’s how it works:
- Take on the challenge of finding your sit spot as a personal adventure and an exploration into your local natural places. Finding the right place may take you some time – don’t rush it.
- The best sit spots are close enough to your home to be easily accessible. They offer solitude and a good place to sit down and relax…this could mean a bench, a fallen tree, a large rock, or a soft meadow. Keep in mind that you should be able to visit this place in any season – even if you limit your time outside during cold weather.
- Once you’ve decided on the place, start to visit it regularly and become intimately familiar with its tiniest details. Anytime you need to recharge, or find the calm place inside you where your creativity thrives, make a visit to your sit spot. Sit and take in the natural world. Breath deep. Look at the details of the flora and fauna around you. Close your eyes and listen to the insects, birds, animals, and humans in this sacred environment. Come back again and again and watch the seasons change. Pray. Dream. Relax. Leave (each time) nourished and centered…sure of your place in the world.
Coming soon: Later this month I’ll share some of the quick, simple rituals I use in my creative practice. If you’re not already a subscriber, please click here to receive Postcards from The Muse directly into your inbox.
Acknowledgement: Years ago, I took my first class with the wise and inspiring Pixie Lighthorse, Earth Medicine Teacher. I learned the elegant idea of a sit spot from her. I thank her for presenting me (again and again) with simple ideas that change my life. I honor her as my teacher and mentor and I recommend her to you wholeheartedly.