Gerald Vest: Partners for our Healthy Touch Program    
 Partners for our Healthy Touch Program2 comments
picture27 Feb 2005 @ 19:02, by Gerald Vest

In my earlier articles, I describe the "use of Safe, Skillful and Appropriate touch" as a means for improving the quality of life health and relationships with individuals, families, communities and with others on our planet.

On Friday, I again introduced our touch program to soldiers and spouses at our monthly stress management/health promotion program at Ft. Bliss, TX. It is always delightful and amazing for me to see the relief on the faces of our blessed soldiers during this three-hour program.

I am hopeful that I can recruit more allies or partners to use our 15-Minute StressOut Program. Recently, one of our NewCiv members from India indicated an interest in our process for certification. However, anyone can give and receive this method or intervention without completing additional requirements as a free public service.

Our protocol or step-by-step instructions are available on my webpage so just record them on your tape deck, put some cool music on and enjoy the experience with your partner.

As you proceed through the experience of healthy touch, it is important for both the giver and receiver to be aware of their breath. One of my favorite teachers,Tarthang Tulku, describes a very sensible and practical approach to finding balance in our life and relationships while being observant of our breathing and our touch.

Our breath and heartbeat are natural monitors of tension: their rates tend to increase when we feel agitated and tense, and slow down as we relax. Because of this interconnection, we can use the rise and fall of the breath and rhythm of our heartbeat to penetrate tension and anxiety. By simply focusing gently on breathing, we can slow the breath and allow it to find its own natural movement. Knowledge of Freedom - Time to Change

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27 Feb 2005 @ 19:23 by swanny : Thanks Jerry
Thanks Jerry ...
This seems quite excellant
I have noted a lot of late
that many cries for help that go
unmet and just talked down and out
are actually a cry to "connect" or
touch another living thing.
This I think is why "pets" have
become so valueable to some
because of this simple need.
It seems that it is its sheer simplicity
though that makes it so allusive sometimes
Sometimes we send hours trying to talk
at the problem when a simple hug would
had a greater effect.
At any rate ....

Carry on


27 Feb 2005 @ 20:33 by jerryvest : a simple hug
So true, Swanny. Seems that we humans are so good about talking at or about our problems that we never fully get away from them. They become our possessions and often our attachments for life, if you will. When a person shares their problems or concerns with us, a hug can heal many past grievances.

During my closing session with the soldiers, I ask them to form a circle. We hold hands, pass energy around the circle, and briefly discuss our experiences of the day and what they plan to pass along with their partners. Invariably, the soldiers and others in our group are eager to pass on this "partner touch program." They also have discovered how powerful touch becomes when we coordinate it with our breath and with mindfulness. Thanks for staying-in-touch - pun intended.


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