From foot washing to henna adornment, human touch plays an important role in innumerable world traditions. Contrary to the popular belief that the spirit resides outside of the body’s needs and all attention paid to our vehicles is vanity, we find physically nurturing practices in abundance. Our very skins, muscles, and sinews are portals for our souls to experience the outside world and recognition and care thereof has intuitively been embedded in numerous religions.
While a massage from a friend or a rite of passage tattoo can alter our perspectives, the element of self-care is one that deserves a great deal of attention as well. If one adheres to the Law of Attraction which states that like attracts like, we find that the attention we pay to ourselves and our own needs in turn draws attention and nurturance to us. It’s as if the touch of our own hand beckons the touch of the Universe and beginning this work, rather than feeling dependent upon others, creates a rippling effect through many hands and hearts.
In his book Two Flutes Playing, Andrew Ramer discusses our bodies as the focal point for experiencing true joy. Neglect of our bodies results in many of us never truly reaching the joy potential that is inherently ours. This joy is not a privilege based on bodies of certain sizes, shapes, or hues, but simply a recognition of the powerful tool that our bodies are for us as spirits having a physical experience. His suggestion: every morning, touch yourself upon waking. Touch every inch, blessing your parts along the way and thanking them for the work they do and for their beauty, whether or not you choose to be aware of it moment to moment. You’ll feel the difference. No matter where you are in your relationship with your body, touch it. Adorn and massage this doorway. It’s yours, for you and your joy, until it’s gone.