The Privilege of Touch

spaceAs I rolled down my mat to practice yoga, I realized that I had positioned myself next to a familiar face. For the 2nd time, I found myself next to a person with wonderfully playful energy. Since it was a popular class and instructor, the class was very crowded and we were nestled only inches from one another. During the many asanas, there were times that we unintentionally touched the other participants.

It was very hot in the room that morning and living in Arizona, one would think that I would be used to it. This morning though, combating the heat was particularly challenging and I found my mind struggling to focus. At that moment, I gazed into the mirror and found my friend sending me back an encouraging smile. This playfulness stirred me back into a position of strength and allowed me to laugh at myself and my own mental state.

From that point forward, I was completely attuned to any encounter of touch. No words were said, but I knew that we had made a connection of energy that was beneficial to the both of us. It was then that I realized the privilege of this connection and how special touching each others lives truly is. From that point forward, I realized that we are so privileged to feel the touch of another human being. The power that emerges from a touch whether that be positive or negative, I believe can change the course of a person’s life.

What if the power of our human touch is more powerful than we know?

To underestimate the power that God has placed within us, I believe is the the true meaning of sin. If we are truly made in the image of God, then the beauty and greatness of God is ever present within us. Our job is to harness and utilize that power for the goodness of humanity. Touching and receiving a touch from another human being is life giving, essential to our well-being and yet completely magical.

I invite you to touch the heart and life of someone this week. I encourage you to observe the influence you have over the power of your touch and I ask that you feel and observe the effect of someone’s touch on you.  I believe that we all have the power to heal, change, and influence people’s lives. I pray that the brilliance of God shines through you and lights up someone’s world. I also pray that your feel and experience this power from someone else.


Marcy Moore





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