If you don't know already, by day job is massage therapy. It's a job that I completely love, and feel crazy fortunate that I get paid to do. I think it's really important work, not just because I work to rehabilitate injuries or lower stress chemicals like cortisol, but because I get to touch people.
Touching is vital to our health. I strongly encourage you read this short article (or watch the 8 minute video). It quickly explains a little bit of research and science behind the benefits of touch. If you're a pioneer, I'd encourage you to do your own Google search on these benefits. They'll blow your mind. But in short, touch can lower your stress, deepen bonds between people, stimulate your brain, etc. It's amazing, and I get to do that for a living. Pretty rad. Of course, it's the intention that goes into touch that really matters. Touch can also do harm, so be careful with your powers, dear reader. I assure you, you're quite powerful, with your words, and your touch. Keep that in mind.
Anyway, this morning while I was getting the office ready I was thinking about touch, and art, or anything that is hand crafted for that matter. To create something with one's hands, is to touch it directly, be it a meal made from whole ingredients (not just junk in a box that gets nuked), a knitted hat, a sewn quilt, a painting, or a cabinet, etc. These are products of touch, a transference of human energy. And I think that's powerful and a little magical.
That said, is it possible that we can reap the benefits of having handcrafted items in our lives? Is it possible that if hand made goods are an extension of someone else's touch, that we are then indirectly touched by the creator? Hmmm... I like this thought. What are YOUR two cents on this topic?