Holding Space: Embracing the Healing Journey for Black Women in Wellness

Holding Space: Embracing the Healing Journey for Black Women in Wellness

Dr. Wiltshire

November 11, 2023

When I think about my journey as a black woman, I’m often reminded of the many hats I wear. Daughter, sister, friend, confidante, leader. But amid these roles, there’s a powerful practice that often goes unnoticed, but it’s an integral part of our healing and wellness – the act of holding space. The wellness community has been abuzz with this term, and today, I want to unravel its magic, especially for us, black women, on our healing journeys.

The Sacred Act of Holding Space

At its heart, holding space is about granting unconditional support. It’s akin to saying, “I’m here with you, for you. Your journey, emotions, and experiences matter. You are seen, heard, and cherished.” Now, imagine the power of that, especially for black women. A group so often marginalized, so often expected to be the pillar of strength. Holding space becomes more than just a wellness term; it’s a lifeline, a balm for our souls, a reiteration of our worth.

Being Seen and Heard in a World of Noise

Growing up, many of us were taught to be resilient, to power through. And while that tenacity is a testament to our strength, it also sometimes means our voices are submerged, our stories overlooked. In holding space, especially in wellness circles, there’s a profound shift. Suddenly, it’s not about conforming to society’s perceptions. It’s about our narratives, our unique challenges, and the beauty and richness of our lived experiences. To hold space is to acknowledge and affirm: “Your story, dear sister, is valuable.”

The Wellness World through the Eyes of Black Women

The wellness community is vast and varied. But, let’s be real; it hasn’t always been the most inclusive. We’ve often had to carve out our niches, create our platforms, and redefine what wellness means for us. Holding space, in this context, becomes revolutionary. It’s not just about personal growth; it’s about communal upliftment. By holding space for one another, we’re redefining the norms, ensuring that black women are not just participants but influential leaders in the wellness journey.

Holding Space as the Heartbeat of Healing

Every healing journey is deeply personal, riddled with its set of challenges and triumphs. But imagine this journey without judgment, where every step, every stumble, is met with understanding and empathy. That’s the gift of holding space. It’s about witnessing without wanting to change. It’s about understanding without overshadowing. And for us, black women, it’s about dismantling years of conditioning and embracing our truths with pride and grace.

The Ripple Effects: Beyond Personal Wellness

When black women prioritize wellness and hold space for each other, the effects cascade. Families feel it, communities thrive because of it, and societal narratives shift. We’re not just talking about personal well-being; we’re talking about generational healing. By ensuring we’re seen and heard today, we’re also laying the groundwork for future black women to step into spaces – be it in wellness, leadership, or any realm – with confidence and authenticity.

A Love Note to My Sisters

To every black woman reading this, know that your journey is sacred. In the cacophony of life, amid its highs and lows, remember to hold space for yourself, for your sisters, and for the narratives yet to unfold. Your wellness journey, intertwined with the act of holding space, is a testament to resilience, love, and hope. Embrace it, champion it, and pass it on. For in the shared spaces of understanding, we find our collective healing and strength.

In conclusion, the act of holding space is more than a wellness trend. For black women, it’s a reaffirmation of our worth, a celebration of our stories, and a pathway to holistic healing. As we continue on this journey, let’s remember to be there for each other, amplifying voices and ensuring that every black woman feels seen, heard, and profoundly cherished.

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