A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve. -Joseph Joubert
Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another. -George Eliot
If thou must love me, let it be for naught except for love’s sake only. –Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’ –Erich Fromm Read the rest of this entry
This is a picture from an article called “The Rescue Hug”.
The article details the first week of a set of twins.
Apparently, each were in their respective incubators,
and one was not expected to live.
A hospital nurse fought against the hospital rules
and placed the babies in one incubator.
When they were placed together, the healthier of the twins
reached out an arm over the sister in an endearing embrace.
The smaller baby’s heart stabilized and her temperature rose to normal.
(Verified by Snopes as true).
Both of these babies survived, and the story is a touching example of how important human touch is, and how God designed us to need it for survival, for life.
How comfortable are you with touch? American culture is typically very “hands off” and touch starved. I would like to encourage you to examine your own comfort level with touch and being touched as a means of communication with those around you. Touch doesn’t have to be sexual, and it is a very important communication tool.
A touch can convey: I am thinking about you. I noticed you. I want to show I care. You are important. I empathize with your situation. I want you to feel better. I am happy to see you. I am happy to be with you. I sense your suffering. I want to comfort you. I see you.
Touch can have healing power: comfort, decreased anxiety, decreased heart rate, decreased blood pressure, decreased pain, decreased tension, decreased restlessness, decrease in stress hormones, improved circulation, relaxation, increase in chemicals and hormones that promote a good immune system and promote emotional and mental well being.
Challenge: Reach out and connect with the people in your life via touch….a gentle hand on a shoulder, a gentle press of another’s hand in yours, a hug, a massage. Let your kids lay on you, snuggle with you, give them hugs and affectionate touches. Give your husband hugs and kisses, massages, and snuggles. Connect even with strangers as opportunity presents itself with gentle touches that bestow friendliness, caring.
Touch and be touched.
A Touching Prayer for you: May you become more and more comfortable with the life giving connection of touch….as God meant for it to be shared with others as an important expression of His love and concern. May you give and receive many touches in your lifetime.
For More Information on the Importance of Touch:
5 Benefits of the Human Touch: http://www.modernmom.com/article/5-benefits-of-the-human-touch
The Healing Power of Touch: http://www.odemagazine.com/blogs/readers_blog/13878/the_healing_power_of_touch
The Healing Power of Touch Reduces Anxiety and Tension: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0675/is_n6_v9/ai_11489808/
The Healing Power of Touch: http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/womens_health/83603
The Power of the Human Touch-How Important is the Touch?: http://veronicaallen.hubpages.com/hub/The-Power-Of-The-Human-Touch
The Power of Touch: http://scrubsmag.com/the-power-of-touch/