To get started on holding space for peace, check out Jamal Bara and Meredith Jade’s ‘Meditation 101: Practices, Postures, and Pretty Much Everything In Between’ to help you “picture Yoda summoning the Force”!
“Holding space” for someone simply means allowing them to be wherever they are at on their journey, without judgment, while also being there to support them in whatever ways they need us to be.
But what does it mean to hold space for an idea, such as peace?
Holding space for a concept means we focus our thoughts on it. We develop our inner discipline in order to embody the concept. By doing this, we are giving off a palpable energy that helps create an environment in which our idea thrives. Once this happens, it becomes easier for others to see its benefits.
And when others are ready to, we support them in whatever ways they need us to in implementing the idea.
Right now there is a lot of chaos, war, and strife happening on Earth. Yet our power to reshape our world is unlimited, and during times of chaos our greatest tool for countering violence is to hold space for peace. We do this by becoming more peaceful ourselves. We focus our thoughts on peace. We speak of peaceful solutions. And we help others who are ready to implement peaceful solutions, to the best of our abilities.
Holding space for peace does not mean pretending like protective measures against violence are not necessary. It means internally insisting that we are going to be part of a solution that helps reduce the need for these protective measures.
Here are some practical ideas to help you hold space for peace:
- Listen to Calming and Soul-Inspiring Music
It has been said the singing is akin to praying twice. One of my favorite pieces to turn to for peace is Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
- Meditate with the Intention of Spreading Peace
Meditating has been shown to increase brain volume in the regions associated with empathy, compassion, and emotional regulation. If you’d like some free meditations, you can visit our Meditations Page, or check out UCLA’s Mindfulness Meditations Page.
- Use a Peace Mantra throughout the day
Something as simple as “I am Peace” helps remind us that we’ve made the commitment to embody peace, and helps re-center us when we get off track.
- Think of the Top 5 Situations that Set You Off
Once you have those situations written down, practice ways of dealing with them peacefully. When emotions are running high, it’s really useful to have some go-to scenarios that don’t include losing our minds on someone.
Peace is our natural state, and what this means in practical terms is that it has great power. This is why the people who are not pro-peace go to great lengths to convince us that it is a concept more suited for flakes than for realists. They know that when we collectively focus on it, it will overcome their violence. We can hold a space of peace for these folks, all while not buying into their fearmongering.