Hold Space for someone..

images.jpgWhat does it mean to “hold space” for someone else?

“It means that we are willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they’re on without judging them, making them feel inadequate, trying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome. When we hold space for other people, we open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgement and control. “(http://upliftconnect.com/hold-space/)

In these days of swirling news and alternative news, in the days of wild changes and disappointments, the days of fear and sorrow we need to stop and consider what is needed to keep going. What do we personally need but also what do the people around us need?

Ours/Their needs and fears may be politically based, it might be a death of a friend or family member, it could be a health problem – the hard journey’s of life keep coming no matter what is happening in the bigger world. So we need to pause and reach out.

Sometimes the need is a physical need – a drive to the store, a smile and cup of tea or a walk with someone to settle ones thinking. It might be a phone call just to say hi – not to discuss the issues at hand – a just a “checking in” chat. There are so many little things we can do to help others and in so doing may also help ourselves. A moment spent thinking of others.

Sometimes it is a more emotional need – person with a listening ear, a person who is just willing to sit beside them so they are not alone.

So as your week moves along who can your reach out to? Who might need just a little help with something?  Who have you not talked to or spent time with lately? Can you reach beyond your group of friends to those who may not have resources or people close by who can support them?

We need to open our hearts and souls, to reach out!

Who are you holding space for?

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About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, help in schools and write. Life is good!
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4 Responses to Hold Space for someone..

  1. arjeha says:

    It is so important to hold a space for others no matter what they need because one day we may need someone to hold a space for us.

  2. maryannreilly says:

    I am holding space for hope. I am reminded daily that when Pandora opened the jar, hope, though tiny and last, was nonetheless present.

  3. lindabaie says:

    I’ve never heard that phrase, “holding space” before, Joanne, but appreciate the idea very much. Alongside it, we must be on the lookout for “need”, too. Thanks for a sweet and caring post.

  4. Although I always believed I am a caring person, having cancer two years ago taught me the real meaning of the word “caring.” I so much appreciated those who took the time to care about me, that I moved “caring” about others closer to the top of my list of things to do. I try to contact friends at least once a week who might need encouragment, a favor, a kind gesture. Lovely post, and I’ve learned a new phrase…”holding space.”

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