Touchy Subjects

Human touch and being at ease with our bodies are fundamental to what most of us desire to feel connected and whole.  Yet the horrific abuses associated with unwanted touch have torn the healing, welcoming, playful, love-expressing qualities and powers of touch from our cultural toolkit of connection.  And the unrealistic, commercialized, stereotyped images of body ideals have undermined the healthy relationship with our ourselves and who we aspire to be. How might we hold onto what we value while we honor the boundaries so critical to our emotional and physical safety?  How can we shift our focus from the fickle beauty without to the inherent beauty within?


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