Many of us feel connected to mother nature at least partially for her physical and tactile nurturing. Swimming relatively cloth less in her ocean and feeling sand and the elements on our feet and bodies. We also seek to share nurturing touch with each other because lovingly touching other humans feels almost another level gratifying.
1. Hand Holding
The act of holding ones hand can be enough to start calming my nervous system and slow my mind. Try getting permission to hold hands with a friend to take a silent walk, focusing on the touch, the points of contact and sharing presence the way nature shares hers.
2. Contact improvisational dancing or partner dancing
Try putting on music and dancing with a friend using touch to explore the music together spontaneously. Ecstatic dance may be an outlet for you being that is a safe, sacred, nonverbal space for exploring authentic free form movement in community. They may even be held several times a weeks in your community!
Try giving someone you appreciate even just 10 minutes of massage (5 minutes each foot for example). Don't be discouraged if you don't know how to message, more important than fancy techniques are offering your presence and nurturing through touch. Keep checking in with them about their preferences, slow down and have fun!
4. Find a snuggle partner.
Being single can be challenging for many because of the deficit of nourishing touch they feel in their lives. Fortunately there is an emerging culture of loving touch enthusiasts that understand the important distinction between affirming touch and sexual expression. There may be a snuggle gathering in your area to meet like minded individuals. In addition, there may be people in your life who, with clear boundaries and communications could become a positive touch partner.