A simple, but potent message from my pure-of-heart friend Dawn. I love this share and I think it will touch many of you…touch…yes, I agree with Dawn. Human touch is healing and profound. It reminds me of an experience I witnessed many years back at a retreat I was hosting. We were up late one night and having some deep conversations that led to one person vulnerably releasing a lot of emotions that it triggered and them sharing hurts and challenges about something in their life experience. I watched things unfold, observing what would happen as the small group of people listening, decided to hold the space – something the “new age spiritual” community likes to use as the answer for many things. “Hold the space.” And they did what they felt was in alignment with that by not meeting this person in their emotions. At the end of it, this person concluded in saying, “I wished they would have hugged me. That’s what I really could have used. Not the spiritual concepts or detachment.” This opened up a dialogue that was revealing. There’s something to be said about all of this. Any thoughts? Thank you Dawn for sharing and opening this reflection.
I visited a dear friend that’s in a nursing home. I usually go once a week. The last few times I’ve visited her I felt such empathy for her. She was asking if I had spoken to her daughter at all recently. I told her no I hadn’t. She then went on to tell me how lonely she was.
As she did I was petting her on her arm, her hands, her shoulder, the side of her face and top of her head. Her tears flowed down her face from deep within. She told me how much it meant to her to have me pet her. She spoke of how she wished her family would do that for her and how she felt like no one loved her. I dont know if that’s true of her family, I believe they love her, she doesn’t always remember.
The pain of loneliness…
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