“Touch has a memory.” ― John Keats
We’ve spent a wild week awakening our inner healer through the power of nurturing touch. And if you’re feeling some elevation in your life from the hugs, caresses, massages, and heart touches…then keep it going because you are chemically raising your immune system, nourishing your cells, and releasing lots of feel-good chemicals and hormones with each moment of physical connection.
If you’ve been delaying this process because you got busy or distracted, do not despair!!! It’s never too late to start. And one of the easiest methods of starting the process with the least amount of effort is to breathe yourself back to the present moment.
We can do it right now. Simply take a long slow deep breath in through your nostrils and as you do, feel the spot that the inhale touches your body. It may land in your sinus, your throat, your heart, your chest, your solar plexus, or your belly. Now breathe in a few more times with your eyes closed and really FEEL your breath touch the spot and as you continue, you will start to feel the connection and you will drift away from everything else that may be going on.
This form of mindful meditation can go for as long or short as you’d like. The ideal scenario is for you to lay down and totally surrender to the process but you can access this beautiful space while waiting in a line, sitting on a train or bus, even while riding in a taxi!
So let’s spend the weekend connecting to ourselves and those in our lives through the healing power of touch. And remember to keep breathing!!!
Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu
Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion
or cultural system.
I am not from the East
or the West, not out of the ocean or up
from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not
composed of elements at all.
I do not exist, I am not an entity in this world or in the next,
did not descend from Adam and Eve or any origin story.
My place is placeless,
a trace of the traceless.
Neither body or soul.
I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds as one and that one call to and know,
first, last, outer, inner, only that breath breathing human being.
From Essential Rumi
by Coleman Barks
I’ll see you in the gap…breathing there with me. Peace. -davidji