Loving Touch: An extract from “How to Train a Wild Elephant”

June 6, 2011

elephantThe following extract from Jan Chozen Bays’ How to Train a Wild Elephant is reproduced with the permission of the publisher, Shambhala Publications, Inc.

The Exercise: Use loving hands and a loving touch, even with inanimate objects.


Put something unusual on a finger of your dominant hand. Some possibilities include a different ring, a Band-aid, a dot of nail polish on one nail, or a small mark made with a colored pen. Each time you notice the marker, remember to use loving hands, loving touch.


When we do this practice, we soon become aware of when we or others are not using loving hands. We notice how groceries are thrown into … Read more »