Touch, Touching, Feeling, Fingers, Hands
Body, Flesh, Sensation, Somatics, Haptics, Movement

Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo
Green Way Research, Red Bluff, California

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Touch, Touching, Feeling, Hands, Body, Sensations




"The root of all health is in the brain.
The trunk of it is in emotion. 
The branches and leaves are the body. 
The flower of health blooms
when all parts work together."
-  Kurdish folk wisdom



"Hands are the heart's landscape."
-  Pope John Paul II



"The mind's first step to self-awareness must be through the body."
-  George Sheehan



"There is a lovable quality about the actual tools.  One feels so kindly to the thing that enables the hand to obey the brain.  Moreover, one feels a good deal of respect for it; without it the brain and the hand would be helpless."
-   Gertrude Jekyll



"Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states."
-  Carol Welch 



"The mind has exactly the same power as the hands: not merely to grasp the world, but to change it."
-   Colin Wilson 



"Green fingers are the extension of a verdant heart."
-   Russell Page 



"I'm struck by the insidious, computer-driven tendency to take things out of the domain of muscular activity and put them into the domain of mental activity.  The transfer is not paying off.  Sure, muscles are unreliable, but they represent several million years of accumulated finesse."
-  Brian Eno, musician and composer, Wired 1/99, p. 176 



"Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together."
-  John Ruskin 



"Without the body, the wisdom of the larger self cannot be known."
-  John Conger



"The human body is vapor materialized by sunshine mixed with the life of the stars."
-  Paracelsus 



"Few of us have lost our minds, but most of us have long ago lost our bodies."
-  Ken Wilbur 



"Movement, to be experienced, has to be found in the body, not put on like a dress or a coat."
-  Mary Starks Whitehouse



"The pressure of the hands causes the springs of life to flow."
-  Tokujiro Namikoshi 



"I would have touched it like a child
But knew my finger could but have touched
Cold stone and water.   I grew wild,
Even accusing heaven because
It had set down among its laws:
Nothing that we love over-much
Is ponderable to our touch."
-  W. B. Yeats 



"The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience.  Love moves the flesh, it pushes matter around ...  Throughout history, "tender loving care" has uniformly been recognized as a valuable element in healing."
-  Larry Dossey



"Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain."
-  Carl G. Jung 



"The body is like the earth ... as vulnerable to overbuilding, being carved into parcels, cut off, overmined, and shorn of its power as any landscape."
-  Clarissa Pinkola Estes



"The human body is not an instrument to be used, but a realm of one's being to be experienced, explored, enriched and, thereby, educated."
-  Thomas Hanna



"Technology is the knack of so arranging the world so that we don't have to experience it."
-  Max Frisch



"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."
-  Helen Keller 



"Think with the whole body."
-  Taisen Deshimaru 



"The essence of education is the education of the body."
-  Benjamin Disraeli 



"Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? 
Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself."
-  Henry David Thoreau



"This cabbage, these carrots, these potatoes, these onions ... will soon become me.   Such a tasty fact!"
-  Mike Garofalo,  Pulling Onions: The Maxims of Gardening

The artist Arcimboldo drew a "Portrait of the Emperor Rudolph II as Autumn." 
This Man made out of Vegetables and Fruits  is a delightful characterization of the real truth in this case. 



"When you touch a body, you touch the whole person, the intellect, the spirit, and the emotions."
-  Jane Harrington 



"Listen to what you know through your body."
-  Frances Payne Adler



"I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!  
I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one." 
-  Edna St. Vincent Millay 



"The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses."
-  Hanna Rion



Touching - Thoughts and Quotations for Gardeners

Tools - Thoughts and Quotations for Gardeners

Pulling Onions: Thoughts of a Gardener

Hands and Touching: Reflections, Studies, Bibliography, Quotations



"We have five senses in which we glory and which we recognize and celebrate, senses that constitute the sensible world for us.  But there are other senses - secret senses, sixth senses, if you will - equally vital, but unrecognized, and
unlauded ... unconscious, automatic."
-  Oliver Sacks



"There is deep wisdom within our very flesh,
if we can only come to our senses and feel it."
-  Elizabeth A. Behnke



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"He who feels it, knows it more."
-  Bob Marley



"Emotion always has its roots in the unconscious and manifests itself in the body."
-  Irene Claremont de Castillejo



"The body must be credited with an immense fund of know-how."
-  Deepak Chopra



"The messages that make up our emotional and mental life must be routed through the tissues of the body."
-  Robert Marrone



"We have to understand that the world can only be grasped by action not by contemplation.  The hand is more important than the eye... The hand is the cutting edge of the mind."
-  Jacob Bronowski



"Emotional release and muscular release are interdependent - one does not occur without the other."
-  Elaine Mayland 



"When you stand with your two feet on the ground, you will always keep your balance."
-  Tao Te Ching 



"No matter how closely we look, it is difficult to find a mental act that can take place without the support of some physical function."
-  Moshe Feldenkrais



"He that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools."
-  Confucius






Bibliography, Links, Resources

Touch, Touching, Feeling, Hands, Body, Sensations


Cloud Hands Blog

Fitness the Dynamic Gardening Way:  A Health and Wellness Lifestyle.    By Jeffrey Restuccio.  Balance of Nature Publications, 1992.    ISBN: 1880886103.    Expands and integrates the nutritional, physical and psychological benefits of gardening.  Techniques from the martial arts, aerobics and weight training are incorporated into gardening motions. Dynamic Gardening is not a quick and easy fix but a life-long approach to fitness.  

Hatha Yoga

A Natural History of the Senses.   By Diane Ackerman.    New York, Vintage Books, 1990.  Index, 331 pages.  A highly informative and beautifully written tour of our sensual awareness of the world and ourselves. 

One Old Druid's Final Journey 

Qigong, Chi Kung, Dao Yin, Chinese Yoga

The Spirit of Gardening



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