Holding Space is a term often heard in yoga and other spiritual types of work, but it’s highly likely that not all understand the impact, the meaning, and the significance of holding space. Unless you have either been fortunate to be involved in a spiritual or yoga community from the get go, or had someone sit down and explain the term, you might not be able to fully grasp the lovely meaning behind this term. Now I consider myself to not only be open-minded but to have an open heart. While I had a feeling I knew what this term meant, to be honest as a personal rule I never like to assume anything. So in my quest for enlightenment if you will, I decided to be a seeker of knowledge and truth. To discover what holding space means and share my interpretation of my findings.
There are several uses and meanings for holding space. You can hold space for your self with in your meditation or yoga practice. You can be responsible for your own space. In this space your warm, safe and loved. Whatever your heart may desire, the manifestation is out there waiting for you. If you hold the space, you’ll create the place, to make your dreams come true.
When you hold space for others, say in a yoga class environment, your creating a safe, loving and good atmosphere for the others you are holding the space for. We as the facilitator’s or holders of the space if you will, are offering ourselves up as a container for any overwhelming thoughts or feelings our companions may be encountering on their path. Everyone has and is responsible for their own space. But that doesn’t mean one person can’t hold the space for another until they can make it for themselves. Did you know there are other ways people in our lives have held space for us? Think back to when you were in school, unbeknownst to us our professors held space for us to grasp our unknown potentials. As kids our parents automatically held a safe space full of hope, and love so we can grow up with confidence. We hold space for our friends when they are upset due to one circumstance or another, and we offer them a shoulder to cry on, love, comfort, and a sympathetic ear.
Another way to look at it is that holding space for someone means staying engaged and present with them while they undergo a process of self-inquiry and discovery of truth. When we hold the space for someone we are just present, listening, and validating. We aren’t judging, giving advice or offering a solution. We are just there, in the present moment, holding their pain, their anguish, their joy, their space.
It not difficult to hold space, just remember this easy rule, if you hold the space, you’ll create the place. Intention is the key.