A simple touch is good medicine. Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies and sends good and bad touch sensations to our brains. We are wired to be touched. From birth until the day we die, we have a need for physical contact. According to AMA Victoria a simple touch can reduce heart rate and blood pressure and help us to feel calmer and less stressed. Touch reduces the release of cortisol and seems to have a beneficial role in our immune response. Touch can strongly transmit a sense of being accepted and cared for and can reduce a sense of loneliness. We also need it for our emotional and mental health. When we went through the pandemic, we actually went through a period called touch starvation. We were separated from each other, and deprived of any kind of touching, any kind of contact and so it left us weakened and starving as if we hadn’t eaten for weeks on end. Today we are still left with the scars of this pandemic. We text each other instead of talking with each other. Many of us still work from home instead of the office where there is no shaking of hands, no pats on the back, no eye contact, no closeness in elevators. We are like people on separate islands and it is affecting our health, our mental state and our emotions are all over the place. People were created to be with people. People were created to show love to one another. A simple touch of the hand and even a kind word touches us and a laugh goes a long way. But our hearts have grown cold and with that our lives have changed to the point that now we are angry people and all we want to do is get back by hurting one another. Crime is up and hate is inflamed, and people want to hit each other instead of hold each other. The longer we starve ourselves of love, we are only destroying ourselves. Our physical and mental and emotional health are becoming sick and diseased and death is imminent. Yes, as a civilization we are being destroyed from within ourselves. Yes, humanity may never restore itself as we knew it once, because hate is an emotion that is hard to conquer. So as humans without love, without a simple touch of kindness, without the closeness that we once felt, we will only destroy ourselves and we will evolve into wild beasts. Yes, it may sound ridiculous, but we will consume one another as Galatians 5:15 tells us, “But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.” 2 Peter 2:12, “But these [people]! Like unreasoning beasts, mere creatures of instinct, born [only] to be captured and destroyed, railing at things of which they are ignorant, they shall utterly perish in their [own] corruption [in their destroying they shall surely be destroyed].” This is what happened to King Nebuchadnezzer, because his ways were that of a wild animal, God turned him into a beast of the field, not physically, but his life was that of an animal. But first God gave him a warning dream. Here is Daniel’s interpretation of this dream. Daniel 4: 24-28,31-34, “This is the interpretation, O king: It is the decree of the Most High [God] which has come upon my lord the king: You shall be driven from among men and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field; you shall be made to eat grass as do the oxen and you shall be wet with the dew of the heavens; and seven times [or years] shall pass over you until you learn and know and recognize that the Most High [God] rules the kingdom of mankind and gives it to whomever He will. And in that it was commanded to leave the stump of the roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be sure to you after you have learned and know that [the God of] heaven rules. Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you; break off your sins and show the reality of your repentance by righteousness (right standing with God and moral and spiritual rectitude and rightness in every area and relation) and liberate yourself from your iniquities by showing mercy and loving-kindness to the poor and oppressed, that [if the king will repent] there may possibly be a continuance and lengthening of your peace and tranquility and a healing of your error. All this was fulfilled and came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. While the words were still in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you, and you shall be driven from among men and your dwelling will be with the living creatures of the field. You will be made to eat grass like the oxen, and seven times [or years] shall pass over you until you have learned and know that the Most High [God] rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomever He will. That very hour the thing was [in process of] being fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven from among men and did eat grass like oxen [as Daniel had said he would], and his body was wet with the dew of the heavens until his hair grew like eagles’ [feathers] and his nails [were] like birds’ [claws]. And at the end of the days [seven years], I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted up my eyes to heaven, and my understanding and the right use of my mind returned to me; and I blessed the Most High [God] and I praised and honored and glorified Him Who lives forever, Whose dominion is an everlasting dominion; and His kingdom endures from generation to generation.”
Today, reach out and touch someone. Pat someone on the back and speak words of encouragement. Remember the elderly and those who are lonely and sick. Don’t worry about what your friends may say or think, only do what you know to be right and you will also receive the benefit of your gesture. You will keep your humanity and help your own state of mind as you help someone else’s.
It only takes a simple touch!