Support Brings Release

That phrase is one I heard many times from a friend and yoga instructor. In the body it relates to the muscles, ligaments, bones and even the mind. I have come to think of it as a holistic approach to the way I work. 

While doing certain poses and with the support of props; such as rolled blankets, pillows and blocks, we can settle into our bodies in ways that are supporting for the body to release and relax bringing a deeper awareness of inner peace. I have felt this in my life when supported by family and friends also bringing a similar sense of relaxed states of being and knowing I am cared for. There is no doubt that in my work with congregations I have relied on collegial support for the same element of support. 

Release comes in many forms. It can be the creative energy or inspiration or an ah-ha moment when a challenging situation works out into a place a calm resolve. I find that when I am supported, the release comes in unexpected ways. 

Continued support through weekly or monthly calls with colleagues are certainly a help along the path of interim work. The Guild of Interim Religious Educators (GIRE) has been holding these calls for several years and I have reaped benefits directly related to transitional ministry. The “learning together” model works well, and can transfer to support that comes when I may not have been aware of its need in my work. During these calls someone shares a challenge or a story of a successful event and it is an opportunity to gain insight. A spark of inspiration comes that can be applied to my current situation or used at a later time. A colleague once shared a webpage they were building relating to interim work, with definitions, linked articles and related stories. They offered this information to the group to be used in whatever way was useful, and it was a gift for me at that time. 

The added support from colleagues also spills into being a support directly to those we work for and with. Much of my work as an interim religious educator is in building relationship and learning more about the history that lives within the system. As a guide through times that some find stressful, I apply the support brings release adage. A question might be, “where can I support you?” Often, when people feel heard, that support translates to a more relaxed state. 

I encourage colleagues, staff and congregants alike to seek support, in whatever way works for them. We all need a little help from our friends, and as we continue to pay attention to the care of our souls, we can remind one another to do the same. Next time you experience a less-than-calm moment remember that support brings release

By De Anna Hoyle, April 8,2021. Photo by Oziel Gómez,

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