” Grandma, how do you deal with pain?”

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” Grandma, how do you deal with pain?”
” With your hands, dear. When you do it with your mind, the pain hardens even more rather than relieving yourself.” ” With your hands, grandma?”
” Yes, yes. Our hands are the antennas of our soul. When you move them by sewing, cooking, painting, touching the earth, or sinking it into the earth, they send signals of caring to the deepest part of you and your soul calms down.
This way she doesn’t have to send pain anymore to show it.
” Our hands really that important?”
” Yes, my girl. Thinking of babies: they get to know the world thanks to their touches.
When you look at the hands of older people, they tell more about their lives than any other part of the body. Everything that is made by hand so is said, is made with the heart because it really is like this: hands and heart are connected. Masseuses know this: When they touch another person’s body with their hands, they create a deep connection. Thinking of lovers: When their hand’s touch, they love each other in the most sublime way.”
” My hand’s grandma… how long haven’t I used them like that!”
” Move them, my girl, start creating with them and everything in you will move. The pain will not pass away. But it will be the best masterpiece. And it won’t hurt anymore. Because you managed to embroider your essence.”

Elena Barnabé

Art by Beatriz Maciel