“Holding Space 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.” ~Heather Plett
What does holding space feel like? Here’s a great example.
I am striving to be better at holding space for people. A great article that explores this topic is, What it Really Means to Hold Space for Someone. The author explores how she discovered how holding space was valuable and how to cultivate it in our lives. Here are a few quotes:
“By offering gentle, nonjudgmental support and guidance, she helped us walk one of the most difficult journeys of our lives.”
“Sometimes we find ourselves holding space for people while they hold space for others.”
“To truly support people in their own growth, transformation, grief, etc., we can’t do it by taking their power away (ie. trying to fix their problems), shaming them (ie. implying that they should know more than they do), or overwhelming them (ie. giving them more information than they’re ready for).”
I encourage you to read the whole article and incorporate as many of the insights as you can.
Do you hold space for others? What does that look like? Who holds space for you?