Isn’t it interesting how much power there is in human touch? I can so easily hurt or heal with my touch. Certainly one of the most obvious ways to practice nonviolence is to refrain from any act of physical violence. The most powerful way to practice nonviolence is to be loving.
Sometimes, I can let someone know that I love them by a simple touch. A loving hand on the shoulder, a hug, a pat on the back–these small gestures can let people know I really care. When words are too much or too little, a gentle touch can be so healing.
When confronted with the opportunity to gently show someone I care I consider Emmet Fox’s words, “There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer; no disease that enough love will not heal; no door that enough love will not open; no gulf that enough love will not bridge; no wall that enough love will not throw down; no sin that enough love will not redeem…”
This simple practice of being loving only works when the motive is pure. Giving in order to get something in return is not loving, and everyone can feel that.
Today consider what motivates you to touch someone or to withhold that loving touch. Simply becoming more aware of your motivation brings more Love into your awareness. Wonderful!