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Holding Space

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Holding Space

By: Nell Rousseau

At the end of every Yoga class there’s a restorative segment usually in corpse pose, laying down, resetting the mind and body to go back out in to the world. In this portion of the class the teacher holds space for the students, guiding them through this liminal state. In massage the therapist also holds space for the person on their table. Holding space is an honor for all caregivers. As a Massage Therapist, Nurse Assistant, through time as a Medical Assistant, and in my role as a Yoga instructor I am always cultivating the art of holding space.

An average day for most people is busy; it involves traffic, relationships, and interpersonal work related dramas. Life happens to the best of us and it takes a toll. No one is getting out alive. We know this and to some degree or another accept it. Holding space is creating a secure and supportive environment for people to heal and grow. Holding space means listening with an open heart, listening without judgment, being present for another person. Holding space can happen in a multitude of environments and does not have to solely belong to the “designated”. We are all capable of creating this for one another.

I propose an experiment to my readers to actively hold space for another and feel the peace and the comfort that it brings. We create each moment. The more we are there for others the more we are there for ourselves.

"Life happens to the best of us and it takes a toll"


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In college I studied anthropology and the practice of a quality anthropologist is the withholding of judgment. It is critical to understanding something as it is, without our unconscious prejudices interfering in actualization. There are too many ways to discount and discriminate and so much of life that causes strife, unnecessary or otherwise. Holding space for one another gives us a chance to see the world with fresh eyes and to notice things we might have missed.