Holding space in the sense of creating room in time and space.
Create room, so there’s time for us to listen and to talk. To share and being shared with. Room for us and others to be ourselves. To make mistakes. To screw up and to feel crappy about it. To be forgiven. Above all, to forgive ourselves. Room for passion, compassion and emotions.
Room for reflection. For longing. For connection. For confirmation and appreciation. For restoration and play. To rest in the grey. And for celebrating color. Room for rainbows. Empathy and honesty. For disappointment. For honoring agreements and admire achievements. For compliments and enchantments.
Room for guilty pleasures, for leisure, and unexpected treasures. Room for freedom. And autonomy. For alone time. For exhaustion. For needs being met. Room for grief. For sadness. Room to lean into the rawness of pain and room for figuring out how to climb out of dark holes. For getting support and being supportive.
Room for ASKING.
Room for healing, hope, and HAPPINESS. For growth and trying to reach the SKY.
Room for longing. For inspiration born out of desperation. Room for creativity to get us out of captivity (of our minds, social conventions, have tos, and shoulds).
Room to live life fully. With all the above. And more.
Above all with LOVE. Always with love. Always make room for LOVE.
This is the short version of the things I feel I need and want to have room for in my life. Even the hard things are “wants” in the sense that experiencing them makes my life rich. Not that I long for them. It’s just that life doesn’t seem to offer the fluffy and yummy without the hard challenges. It’s a world of contrast.
Why do I need to point out to myself to hold space for all that stuff, if it is happening anyway, whether I want it or not? Because it’s when I’m making room for ALL of it, when I give myself time to lean into it, that I’m honoring and savoring LIFE. That’s when I give myself opportunity both to root myself deeply and to reach for the sky. A tree without enough space doesn’t get to do that.
I’d enjoy reading what you would want to hold more space for in your life. Please share in a comment, if you feel like it!