Holding Space

Hands &  Voices is supporting you and your child on your journey.

This week on #TogetherThursday I wanted to write a shorter and more simple post. 

Lately with everything from school re-openings, to summer plan potentials, vaccine choices, end of the school year pressure, IEP season and much more it seems that we all are holding each other and holding on as we stretch into the next phase of life with COVID.

Lots of questions might be coming up for yourself, your child, your partner, your family. 

What choices? When? How? What are you waiting for? Why are you not waiting? 

So I’d like to talk about a concept called “Holding Space”. 

The concept as defined by “The Angry Therapist”(who writes great think pieces) is the following:

“Holding space means to be with someone without judgment. To donate your ears and heart without wanting anything back. To practice empathy and compassion. To accept someone’s truth, no matter what they are. To allow and accept. Embrace with two hands instead of pointing with one finger. To come in neutral. Open. For them. Not you. Holding space means to put your needs and opinions aside and allow someone to just be.”

Its very hard to do friends! It takes practice and patience and sometimes we just need someone to listen.  Please find space for yourself. If you need someone to hold space for you, ask. Maybe your DHH child will need you to hold space for them, support them in a way that has them know that someone close to them holds space for them.

Who do you know holds space for you? 

Who are you holding space for these days?

Lets take care of each other,

Together, We can,

Ms. Leslie