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Why intention is so important to touch. I’ve found that when I take care of the quality of my touch at the beginning of a session that I’m more fulfilled by the experience. What's the quality of your touch? How might you enhance it?
There are some things in life that so nourish our souls that they should become non-negotiable. As someone whose career is taking care of others that's a commitment to my own wellness. Massage therapists, nurses, social workers, family caregivers, chaplains, you name it—we’re all in the same boat when it comes to self-care. How we each “do” self-care is a personal choice. For me, it’s Winfield!
Human interaction, care or comfort is not a one-way street. I don’t think a machine, no matter how cute, cuddly and real-like it is, can ever take the place of human connection. Something happens to us when we give a moment of ourselves to someone in need of kindness. It comes right back to us- sometimes two-fold. Watching an old person interact with a robot turns compassion into entertainment.
I'm being haunted by the memory of a man who touched me deeply. I met Frank in a nursing home last week where I was teaching a six-day Compassionate Touch® workshop. I first noticed him because he wasn't particularly old -- at least not by skilled nursing facility standards-- and he was tall and muscular. He was sitting in a corner in the hallway near the nurses’ station. By his appearance, I was pretty sure he had suffered a stroke some time back.
If I created a personal time capsule, what would I put in it? What would I want to tell those who opened it one or two hundred years from now? I think it’s a question worth a little attention. Perhaps the ideas that come are the things we cherish most about ourselves and our lives. I’ve met quite a number of people over the age of 100 during my work with hospice and eldercare patients. I wonder if they have a time capsule buried somewhere. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful experience to take a centenarian to open his own capsule?