I was reading a post the other day about touch, with the lovely suggestion that our soul surrounds our body, so that "when we connect with our bodies - holding hands, rubbing shoulders, making love... one soul is communicating with another," and that touch is "the way in which our highest spirit expresses itself to another." I suppose that would explain why hugs and touch are so important in hospice.
Although our family didn't otherwise hug or kiss, we were required as children to kiss our father goodnight. Once he slapped me for forgetting. I hate to think that was his "highest spirit." I would hate even more to think that such a spirit passed on to me.
Good grief, what a legacy! Quick, give yourself - or someone else - a hug! Let's awaken those souls as often as we can.