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Hands and Healing

It’s often heard that “idle hands are the playground for the devil”.  First let me say that I don’t believe our hands are ever idle.  Consider everything we do with our hands.  Consider how many cultures depend on hands for self-expression.  Idle hands may just be hands at peace.  When our hands are at rest couldn’t it be that our mind is at rest as well?  Wouldn’t that have healing properties on the journey to health?

Whether you use your hands to communicate as with American Sign Language or gestures like so many people do while speaking it’s all self-expression.  Maybe you use your hands in prayer as you go deep within communicating with your inner guide for direction, there’s nothing idle about that.

Consider all those who are in the trades and crafts and what their hands can accomplish.  As a knitter and quilter I know that my hands pace my soul.  They keep me from getting to far ahead of myself keeping me in the present, especially when I stick myself with a needle.

How can you use your hands as part of your healing process.  How do you incorporate your hands in meaningful activity.  What do your hands say about you?  What do you want to share with the world through your hands?


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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