The Healing Touch: A Path to Emotional Healing

The Healing Touch: A Path to Emotional Healing
Marcus Flint Aug, 6 2023

Discovering the Concept of Emotional Healing

In life, pain is as inevitable as the sunrise, and it creeps in so intrusively that it can sometimes be tough to see beyond the gray clouds of despair. Emotional scars run deep, often more profound than the ones you can see with your eyes. In my journey and through countless periods of introspection, I have experienced firsthand the unique healing properties of a little something I now refer to as 'the healing touch'. The notion has a certain magical essence wrapped around it, a touch that is not tangible yet leaves profound impact.

The source of such healing can come in many forms, from therapeutic conversations with loved ones, to self-help books that really nail how you're feeling, or even the sweet strumming of a guitar that echoes your deepest sentiments. It's all about channeling positivity and leaning into the therapeutic process, and by modeling these actions and experiences, I believe that anyone can find the comfort and emotional healing they long for.

Understanding the Necessity of Self-care

We often extend love and care to those around us, but stumble when it comes to self-care. Somehow, we manage to convince ourselves that our mental well-being can wait. In my personal opinion, these are dangerous misconceptions and misinformation that we trick ourselves into believing. On a lighter note, I say, "Burn those thoughts!" They are akin to having a painful cavity and ignoring it, claiming the pain is fine. Definitely not a smart move, folks. Like you wouldn't ignore physical pain, never brush aside emotional pain.

Let's look at it from another angle—an interesting and somewhat strange fact is that we humans share 50% of our DNA with bananas. So, if we need to hydrate a banana to prevent it from shriveling up, our emotional self needs constant rehydration too. It's a critical component of self-care!

Embracing Emotions Wholeheartedly

I want to emphasize the importance of embracing emotions, no matter how chaotic they may seem. It's okay to cry, to laugh, to scream, to remain silent, to talk endlessly. There is a strange strength in vulnerability. As the famous quote by Oscar Wilde goes, "I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them."

Emotions carry significant information about our internal state, and they act as messengers that help our understanding of ourselves. Cutting off this flow of information is about as helpful as poking your eyes out because you don't like what you see. When it comes to emotions, the golden rule is to feel it, acknowledge it, and let it pass like clouds in the sky.

The Importance of Healthy Relationships

If we look back at history, it becomes apparent that we are beings who thrive on social interaction. We are constantly interweaved in a delicate dance of interactions and relationships. With family, friends, colleagues, and even our friendly neighborhood grocery store owner. Isn't it strange to think that we spend so much time maintaining our relationship with our smartphone, yet sometimes forget to do the same with the relationships that matter most?

Good bonds with these individuals can be a source of great strength and healing. Picking up the phone, knocking on the neighbor's door, or making that coffee date can be the start of extending that healing touch to yourself. After all, humans are wired to be social animals. And while we can't exactly herd together in the wilderness due to our love for wi-fi, maintaining enriching relationships can provide that much-needed boost for your mental health.

The Art of Mindfulness

Finding a path to emotional healing is a route filled with various steps. However, one is often overlooked or within sight but ignored—mindfulness. Now, before you go running off to some remote hill (unless you already live on one, in which case, great view!), let me put it straight—mindfulness does not mean transforming into a yoga-squatting, deep-breathing, early-rising fanatic. Though if you are one, hats off to your dedication! What mindfulness truly stands for is the act of being consciously present and understanding what's happening in your mind at the moment.

A couple of years back, I took up this weird but interesting habit of observing sparrows. I'd watch them for hours, losing track of time, utterly engrossed. Funny thing was, I could feel my worries evaporating, my heart lightening, because for those few hours, I was 'mindfully' observing the sparrows. Believe me, it's an underrated form of therapy – much cheaper than any professional session. This was my practice of mindfulness, and yours could be anything from painting to playing an instrument, or even scrubbing the bathroom tiles if that's what brings you peace!

The healing touch is more than just a concept. It's a journey into self-love, a path that helps us realize that we are more than our pain and our past. By understanding the importance of self-care, embracing our emotions, maintaining healthy relationships, and the practice of mindfulness, we can start nurturing our emotional health, one day at a time. Remember, it's not about the destination; it's about the journey and how you pave your path with the stones of growth and understanding. As they say, even a thousand-mile journey begins with a single step.