Though it may sound odd to say so, mindfulness is itself a holding environment. When we sit, we are never alone because all the saints and bodhisattvas (enlightened beings) of the past and present are with us. Meditating mindfully means contact and continuity with a long tradition. To sit is to be assisted and held. When Buddha sat on the earth, it was as if he sat in a lap. It is the same for us.

David Richo, How To Be an Adult in Relationships