" We all have deep desire to touch and be touched- to give and receive nourishing physical touch and to have our hearts and minds touched with inspiration in ways that help us remember who we are- Spirit embodied."
Having done several massage sessions with the young prisoners, i could not not-see some very common patters in all of them- inability to determine pain and suffering. Whenever asked what is that they feel inn various places in their bodies, they cannot describe anything more then "It just hurts". I wonder if anybody has honestly ever asked them how they feel and how they can be helped to have less pain and more joy in their lives. Most of the girls, young women, already grown-up women are coming from orphanages, socially disadvantaged families or high income-low comforting families. They have definitely been in great deficit of nourishing touch and active listening and understanding. This can be also a very root reason why they have ended up locked behind bars, unable to connect with their inner selves, unable to empathize and surrender to their own pain, actively engage in creating their own lives and fulfilling dreams.
I cannot stop emphasizing how essential the touch for heath, entire wellbeing of one human being, may it be child or already grown up. Touch is most primal way of relating. When we are touched, we feel ourselves and know we exist. Touch provides physical sense of safety and containment while nourishing us on many levels.
While living in North America, I profoundly felt how people are disengaged from touch, thus creating a very unhappy and needy society. While working in yoga studio, I received so many calls from men willing to get massage with the "happy ending". More and more discovering that within a 'modern' societies whether touch is sexual, or there is no touch. There is another friendly touch- but still it always felt a bit awkward and still quite distant. Now, I am generalizing, and I would do a big mistake calling all North Americas nations to be touch-deprived and emotionally malnourished. But there are general patterns in the modern society that I cannot avoid seeing. I wont complain about the moder technologies, hectic lifestyles of the modern World etc. But I would encourage each other to create the humble and loving environment around us, where touch is like a food that is given and received every day.
Stretch your body&transform your mind!
This Project is funded by Louis August Jonas Foundation, creating a holistic training experience for 50 young women from Ilguciems women prison and Maras Crisis center. Young women are learning simple peacemaking practices including yoga, non-violent communication, mindful awareness, conscientious social action and good-doing.