There are some people who have the quality of richness and joy in them and they communicate it to everything they touch. It is first of all a physical quality; then it is a quality of the spirit. ~ Tom Wolfe
The physical sense of touch directly affects our spirit. We see this when words are inadequate to convey sympathy for a loss or painful situation. A hug, hand on the back or shoulder, or holding someone’s hand can comfort and calm the spirit without a word being spoken.
Touch calms anger, grief and aggression. It brings on healthy tears, stops unchecked and hysterical tears and helps a person gain a balanced perspective on many difficult situations. No words are required when touch is used to convey messages of compassion.
On the other hand (literally), physical touch in a negative way is extremely damaging to your spirit. A shove from someone’s hand, poke from their finger or slap not only hurt physically, but can leave the spirit with a gaping wound where a Band-Aid cannot be placed.
Words and actions also ‘touch’ our spirit – “Your thoughtfulness touched me deeply”, “I was so touched by your kind words”, “Your gesture lifted my spirit out of the dumps where I thought I couldn’t be reached”.
Likewise, hurtful words and actions can be more painful and longer lasting than any physical, harmful touch – “I was crushed by your comment”, “What you said hurt me more than if you’d run a blade through my heart”, “My heart (spirit) is broken by what you did”.
Being aware that all we think, say and do ‘touches’ those around us, either positively or negatively, is the first step. Consciously choosing positive words, thoughts and actions, can lift not only the other person’s spirit, but our own.
Touch – physical, mental and emotional - is the nourishment for our soul.
I'd be so surprised if this video doesn't 'touch' you!