"Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth."
-Margaret Atwood, Der blinde Mörder
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Most of us are moving so fast these days that we have forgotten how to be fully present and grateful for each moment. We have forgotten how to use our natural gifts of the senses to feel, smell, taste, hear, see the abundant beauty that already surrounding us. Ancient Tantra teaches us about the relationship between our senses and how we relate to the physical world. It also teaches us that through our senses, we connect with others.
A natural state of bliss is when your energy is luminous, you feel and see things with much more clarity, and the people around you just want to soak in your essence. It often occurs with the combination of dropping into our body (and out of the mind), being fully present with all our senses alive, and experiencing a higher state of being.
The reasons we might feel closed off from our relationships, or find ourselves really stuck, is we haven't yet recognized how little we have opened up to our senses.
I believe that we flow better in our relationships and activities, only if our senses are awakened and receptive to our surroundings. When we open up to our sensuality (the merging of our emotions with our senses), we are able to step up into a higher state of being so that we not only feel good, we inspire others to feel good too.
Our skin is the largest organ of our body. It is the visible bridge between our external environment and our inner sensations. Our skin is how we understand and stay connected to the world.
There have been plenty of studies on how important touch is to the survival of premature babies. Our skin is created from the same embryonic layer as the brain and central nervous system. When our skin is stroked, we lower Cortisol (stress hormone) and increases Oxytocin (hormones that offer a sense of belonging). Babies learn how to trust and love through our touch.
If we are in the practice of putting up walls that shut down our sensation of touch, how can we receive loving messages, or send loving energy to another?
Just like any muscle, you need to exercise it before it begins to work for you. Try focusing on touch this week and enjoy all the pleasures it brings.
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