Compassion & The Art of Holding Space

2019, The Abstract

10.3 mil (0.26 mm) Enhanced Matte Paper, 11”x14”

From the Season 01, Module 07 Manual

About the Piece

Special Edition cover artwork for The Abstract’s S01-M07 ‘Compassion & The Art of Holding Space,’ Illustrated by Lala Openi張. This manual was written by Daniel Ikejimba Jr. and accompanies a podcast episode by the same name. Both discuss why choosing compassion can be significantly beneficial for yourself and others, and offers how-to tips and examples.

100% Profits of this print will go directly to families affected by the wildfires in Lahaina, Maui. If you like, you can also donate directly, and learn more at:

Mentioned Makers

Lala Openi 張

Lala Openi (they/them) is a mixed-media artist & designer learning self actualization through colloquial metamorphism. as a 5th-generation san franciscan, openi utilizes digital, tactile and auditory art forms to activate narratives of identity and engage in introspective conversation on the ever-shifting cultures of both self and space.

The Abstract

"The Abstract is a resource for people to obtain information and insight on mental health along with tools for their own mental health journey. Being able to understand, heal, and act in a healthy way with community is something that can fix many things, if not everything." — co-founder Daniel Ikejimba Jr., also known as Medulla Ohm Blongata, also known as MOMB.

Daniel Ikejimba

A first-generation Nigerian-American from Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Texas and a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Hawaii Pacific University. They blend Choice Theory, Positive Psychology, and CBT for a holistic approach to healing and have researched learning and memory development in children, across-cultures and on the impact of hate on social relationships.


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