The Power of Touch

The Power of Touch

high five with cat Jonas Vincent

In the Hay House Radio Archives this week, there is a good talk on the Magical power of touch with Davidji (the May 16th 2013 show). The first half of the show is meditation and a lot of the information on touch is in the second part. You need to open an account to have access to recent archives. It is free and they do not spam or distribute your email.

Research has shown that there is immense power in touch. Not only for the sick to heal but also even linked to the survival of orphans in orphanages. Touch reduces fear and anxiety which in turn reduces cortisol level liberated in the body in times of stress. High cortisol levels have been linked to reduced immunity, and thus, touch will have an impact in improving the immune function of your body.

The is an interesting article of the Power of Touch on the Psychology Today website. language of touch, the impact of touch on others, including its influence of shopping habits and tipping of waiters and waitresses.

A web MD article addresses the Healing Power of Touch and its impact of illness stress, anxiety, pain and much more.

A simple touch on the shoulder, or a full blown hug… physical contact with fellow humans, and pets or animals, has tremendous positive impact on wellbeing at so many levels. Holding someone’s hand while they receive a diagnosis, holding your child in your arms while he or she gets their vaccines or shots, hugging a bereaved friend suffering a loss, often have more impact than words alone…even at times, choosing not to speak and simply be present might be the better choice and most comforting option.

The giver gets as much benefits than the receiver…Have you hugged someone today?

Overcome fear, be self-confident: online course

Debbie Ford, NYT best selling author is hosting this online course. The Courage Club: Overcoming Fear and Igniting Self-Confidence.
8-Lesson Series with Debbie Ford. (clic on the link for details). 

The link describes the details of all the lessons. If you don’t know Debbie Ford, she is amazing, helping you work through your shadows and embrace them, as part of the whole you. So you can live a life where you are passionate about your life, you accept yourself fully, with the so called imperfections which are to be embraced, not rejected. If you want a sample of Debbie Ford’s work, listen to her weekly radio show on Hay House Radio. You can listen to archived shows, at no extra cost. All you need to do is open an account (they do not spam). Debbie Ford is one of the many amazing and qualified speakers. They have everything for many tastes and styles; choose what resonates with you. Some of the well-known hosts are Dr Wayne Dyer, Dr Mona Lisa Schultz, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Louise Hay, Gregg Braden, Marianne Williamson, etc. Try it. You’ll adopt it. I have learned so much myself from the different shows that I even use the wisdom in my private practice with my clients.

Other best selling books by Debbie Ford are: The Dark Side of the LIght Chasers: Reclaiming Your Power, Creativity, Brilliance, and Dreams; Courage: Oversoming Fear and Igniting Self-Confidence; Spiritual Divorce: Divorce as a Catalyst for an Extraordinary Life; Why Good People Do Bad Things: How to Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy, and so many more.

Debbie Ford will be hosting a workshop at the Omega Centre in August 2012.


Anxiety and Relaxation

I have found quite a few good podcasts on this website for people who suffer from anxiety and insomnia from Inner Health Studio ( Go take a look. “sleep relaxation” from July 2011 is really effective. Try it.

This website also includes coping skills for stress, anxiety, anger, and panic. There are podcasts, free worksheets, tips, relaxation scripts.


Attachment with your adoptive or foster child

Join guest Dr. Karyn Purvis, author of The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family and Director of the Institure od Child Development at Texas Christian University to discuss how to establish the bonds of connection with your adopted child.


The content of this podcast is also quite relevant for non-adoptive families, foster families of children taken from their homes by children services. This podcast educates us about attachment problems due to early childhood neglect, abandonment or mistreatment. It also gives hope and a new view on the soon-to-be-old diagnosis Reactive Attachment Disorder, which appears more like a permanent problem that can’t be fixed! Complex Developmental Trauma might become the new diagnosis.


The author speaks of investment parenting, homeschooling, and other strategies adapted to the difficulties of this type of child…. Basically how to reorganize priorities with regard to raising children who have suffered at such a young age.

Clic on the following link:

Dunstan Baby Language

Dunstan Baby Language

I first came across Dunstan Baby Language while watching Oprah. It captured my attention as a future mom and the need to be that  “perfect” mom…but mostly out of the terror of not being able to understand my baby’s cries and it having an impact on our attachment. I did not watch the DVD before giving birth, but back home the first day, baby was crying hopelessly and i could not soothe her. It was 2 a.m. and we decided to turn on the lap top and watch the DVD. WOW… for us anyway… we were able to understand why our baby was crying, and soothe her accordingly.  You need to get your ear attuned to her cries but once you get it… it’s easy and it works. Although there is no scientific validation of this technique, all that mattered to us was that it worked and it has worked for many parents.  The technique can be used from newborn to about 3 months, if i recall well, while all children are the same linguistically all over the world. Australian Priscilla Dunstan identified 5 specific cries or “sound reflexes” (Neh, Owh, Heh, Eairh,  and Eh).  Below, taken from Wikipedia, you can read a brief description of the meaning of each cry. The beauty of the DVD is that you get to hear and watch different babies cry; it’s really a hands on demonstration, not a theoretical explanation. This is what makes it easier to learn, and discern the different cries. It was well worth the purchase (see Watch the video below.
I’m hungry – An infant uses the sound reflex “Neh” to communicate its hunger. The sound is produced when the sucking reflex is triggered, and the tongue is pushed up on the roof of the mouth.
I’m sleepy – An infant uses the sound reflex “Owh” to communicate that they are tired. The sound is produced much like an audible yawn.
I’m experiencing discomfort – An infant uses the sound reflex “Heh” to communicate stress, discomfort, or perhaps that it needs a fresh diaper. The sound is produced by a response to a skin reflex, such as feeling sweat or itchiness in the bum.
I have lower gas – An infant uses the sound reflex “Eairh” to communicate they have flatulence or an upset stomach. The sound is produced when trapped air from a belch that is unable to release and travels to the stomach where the muscles of the intestine tighten to force the air bubble out. Often, this sound will indicate that a bowel movement is in progress, and the infant will bend its knees, bringing the legs toward the torso. This leg movement assists in the ongoing process.
I have gas – An infant uses the sound reflex “Eh” to communicate that it needs to be burped. The sound is produced when a large bubble of trapped air is caught in the chest, and the reflex is trying to release this out of the mouth.
Your baby is talking to you. Now you can understand. Every baby is born with a natural ability to express their needs through sound. What was once thought of as crying is now known as a unique and universal language, thanks to Australian mom Priscilla Dunstan. Experience the
benefits of DUNSTAN BABY LANGUAGE for yourself.
Special Deluxe Boxed Set Includes: 2 DVDs, Booklet and Wall ChartFeaturing: Priscilla Dunstan AS SEEN ON OPRAH!

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