Touch in all its guises


Cats and dogs are now often introduced into old people’s homes as touching them has been shown to be of huge physical and emotional benefit.






Gil Hedley: the touch of the compassionate dissector: “This morning I had the privilege and honor of unwinding a human heart-center. The heart center literally scrolls up upon itself like a beautiful conch, but soft and elastic. It’s contractions, given the scrolled and braided shape, express the life force in the manner of a spinning vortex. The Whirling Dervishes of the Sufis approach their ecstatic states by emulating with their whole bodies that spin whereby the blood refreshes its exuberant movement in the center of our chest. I had gone in to the lab this morning kind of crabby I must admit. The process, however, transformed me, and provoked a state change that is still with me. Such is the power of the human heart, and the potency of entering into relationship with that which moves us most deeply.”

Gil takes that compassionate touch into encouraging us to express our own hearts in movement – ‘getting in touch’ with our heart: Gil Hedley, The Heart Dance – YouTube


Loving our own bodies – Candace Pert wrote Molecules of Emotion back in the 60s.  Unusual for her time as a female scientist, Candace wrote about the effect of our thoughts on our cells.  Loving or hating ourselves has an effect on our physical body, affecting our cellular health.  

 See the Wake Up section for the link to What the Bleep do we Know?, the film that explores this concept.


Photo by Jude Beck on Unsplash




The touch of the earth on our bare feet helps our grounding and stimulates the reflexology points. Walking with shoes has been likened to trying to knit with thick gloves on; shoes dull our perception and interfere with our relationship with the earth, our balance and our foot mechanics.






All beings have their story and I love the adaptive, self-protective, determined nature of us all as we wend our way through life; what we have been through shows in the face we show the world, and in the body.





I love feeling the textures of trees; these two are very different, one smoothed and one roughened by their different lives, settings and weathering.




Jan Trewartha

March 2021