Last week we mentioned some of the benefits of touch in general, such as how it can be soothing and cause physiologic changes like a reduction in stress hormones. Even a few moments of gentle contact can work wonders.
So here’s a little exercise to help you bring even more mindfulness to your touch. This is simple, but it can be profound.
Find someone to practice with or just practice on yourself.
Have your partner rest one hand on a surface or just rest your own left hand on something.
Bring the fingers of your right hand closer and closer to your partner’s hand, moving slowly and paying attention to the space between your fingers and the hand you are about to touch. Interesting things happen in that “space,” so move slowly and allow your partner to give you feedback on what he/she notices.
When you finally do make contact, bring your “mind” into that first, light touch of the fingers of your right hand to the skin of the hand you are touching. Even though you are offering a light, feather touch, pay deep attention to the feeling of that touch. Barely touching…with lots of awareness. Stay for a few moments, and when ready, slowly and gently release the contact. Observe how you feel and ask your partner for any feedback.
Until next time,