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Yesterday, I was at a yoga class and when we were on a break from the class, I was talking with a couple of friends and I put my arm around one of them, and hugged her gently while we continued to talk. A simple gesture of loving friendship. I had been guided to do it – Spirit definitely gave me the nudge.
And she said “thank you,” with real appreciation. I knew it was a healing moment. A Love extending moment. I’m so glad I listened.
Isn’t it interesting how much power there is in human touch? I can so easily hurt or heal with my touch.
One of the most obvious ways to practice nonviolence is to refrain from any act of physical violence. The most powerful way to practice nonviolence is to be loving.
Often I can let someone know that I love them by a simple touch and it means a lot. In my family we hug and kiss goodnight, and it’s part of our loving bed time rituals.
I certainly don’t share a loving touch with people I feel uncomfortable with or hostile toward. Have you ever had a hug from someone who seemed like they were trying to take something from you? Or where it felt totally fake? I have.
A loving hand on the shoulder, a hug, a pat on the back–these small gestures can let people know I genuinely care. When words are too much or too little, a gentle touch can be so healing. You can be the touch of an angel.
When confronted with the opportunity to lovingly show someone I care I consider Emmet Fox’s words, “There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer; no disease that enough love will not heal; no door that enough love will not open; no gulf that enough love will not bridge; no wall that enough love will not throw down; no sin that enough love will not redeem…”
Let my hand be the one that extends the Love that heals. As I become aware of every opportunity to express Love, my constant spiritual practice widens and deepens.
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