Compassionate Touch During Covid-19
These days we are continually reminded of the importance of interrupting our social connections to each other. That in order to stay safe, we must create distance. That we can use this time to reflect. In this spirit I make an offering. A short guide; a suggestion for connecting to the power inherent in touch that can foster our singular well-being at this time.
With clean hands, sit or lie down. Place your palms together until you feel heat generated between the two. Rub your palms together vigorously until you fell that heat increasing. With focus, slowly, very slowly, separate the palms. Feeling the heat “connecting” the two surfaces, with a near magnetic feeling still bridging them.
Place your hands on the space between your belly button and your pubic bone; or your solar plexus; or your heart; or your throat, or your forehead. The hands can be together in the same place or on different place - you choose what would feel “right” now.
Keeping your hands there, let the heat melt into the body, let the heat of the body rise up into the hands. Let the reciprocity of temperature build into a comfortable transmission. Hands are resting. There is no tension in the hands, only warmth.
Like cats in a tree or a mother and child:
Let the breathe become slow - deepening the exhalation, allowing the inhalation become a natural response. The breathe is a tide: it is never the same twice. The breathe flows outward, then fills the vacuum as an imperative in your control, and also free from control.
If you are lying down: feel the weight of the body fall back into the spine with each exhalation. With each exhalation the soft tissues melt into the bones while the bones rise and fall with the delicacy of the breath.
If you are sitting: feel the breathe moving into the bottom of the back of the rib cage and the whole of the spine with each exhalation. With each exhalation the soft tissues melt into the bones while the bones rise and fall with the delicacy of the breath.
You are in safety, and comfort in this moment. It is a practice that is as short or as long as you want it to be. It can be a restorative moment and a way to pass into a deep sleep.