Friday 9th August is International Hand Holding Day.
Creating a chain of people holding hands across the world.
It’s a beautiful multi-generational activity.
My aim with this event is to inspire people to create gatherings inviting people to hold hands as a sign of support and connection – to bring strangers together with a simple but profound moment of solidarity.
National Hand Holding Day has always been observed annually on August 9th and this year is no different – Friday, August 9th, 2019.
My local event will be in Marsden village centre in the UK is at 4.44pm inviting people to form a circle/line of friendship whilst holding hands.
I hope you feel inspired to join us or create your own event.
“Here’s to the bridge-builders, the hand-holders, the light-bringers, those extraordinary souls wrapped in ordinary lives who quietly weave threads of humanity into an inhumane world. They are the unsung heroes in a world at war with itself. They are the whisperers of hope that peace is possible. Look for them in this present darkness. Light your candle with their flame. And then go. Build bridges. Hold hands. Bring light to a dark and desperate world. Be the hero you are looking for. Peace is possible. It begins with us.”
― L.R. Knost
Details can be found here
I want to share with you a little bit about what this work means to me.
And it is so much better to describe a session for how it might feel rather than how it might look.
It is deep, soul embracing work.
Nurturing, enriching, healing and deeply moving work.
Where not only my hands and arms connect with another but also my soul.
To be held, for a prolonged period whether that be physically, emotionally or spiritually is deeply intimate.
That’s what makes this work so nurturing and incredibly special.
It touches you in way that is not physical at all.
It requires, from me, a heart wide open.
To meet you where you are at and that might change from moment to moment or session to session.
To share in your pain.
To alleviate your loneliness.
To acknowledge your trauma.
To fill that basic human need for touch.
To connect in a much more meaningful way than our modern living gives us time for or sees as important for that matter.
A space and time where you are totally seen.
No pretences. No judgement. No advice.
There are no words that could adequately describe what a session might look like yet imagine being held in a totally safe, peaceful space when all about you seems lost or out of control.
Thoughts in your head have been driving you to distraction.
Or, perhaps, your mind is calm, but you feel disconnected.
Just letting go.
Simply seen and held and letting go.
It requires from another the courage step into this unknown. To step into a feeling of vulnerability yet with a feeling of empowerment that comes with the understanding of boundaries and consent.
Empowerment that, in this moment, you don’t need to pretend to be anything other than yourself or feel anything that isn’t authentic.
I feel incredibly privileged to be able to do this work.