Touch is the means of physical connection that enables emotional exchange – one that refreshes the soul by nourishing the heart. When we say “It was touching to be in my school after a long time,” “His words touched my heart,” or “The beauty of Kashmir touched my heart,” we imply the power of touch. A touch that is full of love is as essential to our body as is a balanced diet.
The human body can remember a loving touch more vividly than spoken words. We always have the option of touching someone with our sympathy, kindness, and generosity – the components of "touch of love." This helps in the opening of the heart that finally leads to the exchange of emotions. If someone whom we love and care for falls ill, the best we can do is to hold his hand and rub it gently to show how much we love and care for him. This warm-hearted rubbing of the hand has the power to create magic, even cure diseases that are deemed incurable.
Whenever we feel lonely, depressed, or disheartened, we call our friends or relatives to cheer and rejoice. In a span of few moments we are laughing and smiling, and all this is due to the magic wand known as the "touch of love." The types of relationships that you maintain determine the state of your health and the quality of your life. Even an exchange of love with your pet can influence your life in a positive way. Whether it is a pat on the back by your boss, the caressing of your hair by your lover, a big kiss or hug from your mother, or cuddling or embracing, touch has an innate ability to communicate with the subconscious cords of your soul.
The healing power of touch neither slows nor diminishes with age; instead the need for the "touch of love" is felt more and more with age. But what is this touch of love? It is an affirmation that we are of value to others and are lovable. In fact, this is what is needed by someone who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. This helps him in overcoming the isolation that the disease enforces upon him and finally readies him to fight the dreaded disease. If you have a caretaker who can share your pain and be with you in times of distress, you lose the fear of the unknown and are ready to face the challenges of life.