With the recent #metoo and #timesup movements, I’ve been thinking a lot about touch.
The focus lately, of course, has been on the wrong kind of touch.
The kind that makes us feel shame and fear and anger.
Used, violated, helpless, traumatized.
The uninvited kind.
The kind that crossed a line.
The kind that has put women on guard, time and time again, and made them leery of being touched.
The kind that destroys a healthy relationship with touch.
A world full of women are walking around with PTSD of one level or another from being touched inappropriately.
And yes, many men, as well.
Say what you will about social media, but it has helped birth a movement which is determined to change this story of power and disrespect.
But today I want to say good things about touch.
How it heals.
How it’s a basic human need.
How living without it can make us emotionally and physically sick.
I learned a great deal about touch when I studied Ayurveda.