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Word of the Week: Solivagant
January 31, 2020 by Haya Aldoori

Welcome to Word of the Week! Stay tuned for a new word each Friday to amp up your nature vocabulary!

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Solivagant [soh-LIH-va-ghent] (adjective): To wander alone.

This fun word comes from the Latin words “solus” meaning alone, and “vagans” meaning “wander.”

There is something to be said about spending time outside in nature, alone. It’s just different from any other outdoor experience! Not only does it have physical benefits, but studies have found that spending time outside, especially alone, can be therapeutic, allow one to self-reflect, relieve stress, and restore their attention.

One of many things that we like to encourage people to do when they wander in nature alone, even in winter, is to find a sit spot! A sit spot, simply put, is a favourite place in nature that you visit regularly to cultivate awareness as you expand your senses and study patterns of local plants, birds, trees, animals. etc. But a sit spot can be so much more! It can also become an anchor in your life, a place to settle down, cultivate your sense of presence, quiet your mind, and observe the flow of reality around you. The real key to success with the sit spot is to visit that spot over and over and over again. By visiting the same place in nature multiple times, you can develop a strong bond and relationship to the place and come know things you may not have known otherwise.

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