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I'm a nurse and a bodyworker/energyworker, as well as being one of those people for whom physical affection is not just pleasant or fun but a downright necessity. I'm a hugger. I'm a toucher.

I think, though, that in modern society, we just don't get enough casual contact to keep us from getting depressed. We think it is loneliness, we think it is horniness, we think it is a lot of things, but what a lot of it is, simply, is lack of physical contact with others in our environment. Our bodies were designed to be touched; there are millions and millions of nerve cells all over the outsides of us that are sitting there waiting to have some sensory input.

Can we start a revolution? Wouldn't it be nice to be able to huddle together in a giant puppy pile until we were all content? I think that allowing ourselves to be affectionate with each other, no agendas, no intent, just letting ourselves interact with each other so we get enough Vitamin Touch to keep away the blues would be a splendid thing.

There have been studies done that prove that infants fail to thrive if they are not held enough. If it affects them that strongly, you know it affects us our whole lives. We need each other. We shouldn't be afraid or ashamed to touch each other.

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Comment by Caroline Gutierrez Abreu on July 13, 2009 at 8:55pm
Kittens sleep in piles, too ;-)
Comment by emilysghost on July 13, 2009 at 8:25pm
I am more of a cat person myself, lol
Comment by Caroline Gutierrez Abreu on July 13, 2009 at 8:02pm
LOL... well, I guess puppy piles are an acquired taste, eh? There's a lot of us here that are nurses; maybe we need our own forum ;-)
Comment by emilysghost on July 13, 2009 at 6:23pm
Caroline I have to agree with you although the picture of the puppies kinda threw me, lol.

I am a nurse too and a woman who lives a very alone kind of life. I even work from home now. Uggh! People who have people have NO idea.
Comment by Caroline Gutierrez Abreu on July 13, 2009 at 9:02am
LOL... I've kind of gotten used to eating and living indoors, darn it. Thank you for the kind words, Tina :-) *hugs* back on ya.
Comment by Tina on July 13, 2009 at 2:29am
Oh you are a wonderful addition to so many groups here Caroline, are you sure you can't retire and make this your full time! LoL The whole world needs you....hugs
Comment by Caroline Gutierrez Abreu on July 13, 2009 at 1:28am
You've probably read my page by now; I am a crusader for touch. I appreciate your comments and thoughts! I believe that the only way we can change the world is to change our selves, by softening and opening ourselves and rejecting FEAR (false evidence appearing real).

One of the most profound techniques I've learned in my energywork training is designed to help with transition, and works so beautifully for the dying. Connecting, heart to heart, is what we are here for.
Comment by Tina on July 13, 2009 at 1:02am
Hi Caroline, I worked with the terminally ill for 26 years, Yes I know very deeply from my work and in my own life how very important and also how effective touch is. There are so many documented results of using simple to complex touch therapy, Have you ever taken the courses on touch therapy? They are wonderful especially when dealing with severe pain and when someone is dying. The energy's from one person to another through touch actually causes uncontrollable responses.
Personally, yes I also can relate to being what you call "a hugger" I always have been. In fact I just today met my first real life TBDer and I am sure he could vouch for the hugs! Affection, simple affections do cause a psychological response, touch sends messages to the brain that tell the brain that there is a connection to satisfaction and contentment. I just wanted to say that yes I do know and have experienced what you are sharing and I do think that as a common society we have become much more resistant to touch.

But then there are alot more guns in our schools and on our streets as well, maybe this is one alternative to touch! People in general are not as kind, polite or even social as they used to be...Your point might be better considered off the front page. Maybe in Spirituality and Consciousness, or even in one of the health threads..Anyway a wonderful topic, you just need the correct crowd.
Comment by Caroline Gutierrez Abreu on July 12, 2009 at 10:51pm
LOL Groove. No, can't say as I have. I've never needed "the invisible moat" around me.
Comment by Getagroove on July 12, 2009 at 10:49pm
Apparently, you've never ridden the New York City subway in the morning.

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