I love and appreciate touch. It does not mean that I am touch-feely all the time; however, when we can touch another person in pure unconditional love, like the young man who was giving out hugs at Ferguson, or the Free Hugs Campaign, or the acquaintance who I don’t see often, but who is so genuine, then we will begin to see true worldwide healing and peace. He sent me a note today that inspired me to continue living my worth and not my work (that is another article). I know that what he and I and so many others do will help bring about world peace in our lifetime.
Wow. That was a jump. Yes, I really went from giving out hugs to world peace. I don’t have anything to lose, except the 50 calories you burn with a hug, a number that can reach 100 calories if the hug is good and long (I made that up).
I am grateful for hugs, and their power to heal. I am grateful that my friends, tall and short, big and small, envelope me in hugs whenever we see each other. I am so grateful, that if I did not receive one more hug this week, I would still be swimming in appreciation. I like that I wake up excited to share this exercise. I could rattle off a list quite easily, but I find that my breath is very steady as I dig into my thankfulness. I like examining the thing I am grateful for in the present moment. Like now, and my appreciation for hugs.
In her Article 7 Reasons Why We Should Be Giving More Hugs, Lindsay Holmes gives us benefits for everyone from babies to adults. In National Hug Day 2014: 4 Scientific Reasons Why Hugging is Good For You, the Latin Times gives us good reasons to give hugs as well. National Hugging Day is January 21, but I choose not to wait to give and receive my benefits!
I like hugs for more esoteric reasons then the ones given in these articles, although I will gladly take advantage of any blessing I get! I appreciate the breath in and out that happens during a good hug. It’s that sensation of giving up any extra weight, and taking their’s for them in turn. I adore being able to do that, even if just more a moment. Hugs take the pressure off. I also appreciate the permission given to exchange physical space with a person. There is so much expansive space in the universe that when someone shares their space, they are truly giving something very big. I appreciate being the recipient of so many large gifts.
In turn, I also appreciate that I am a giver of free hugs to almost anyone who wants one. It gives me the chance to give and take. When the person just needs energy, I can breathe that into the hug, knowing that it comes and goes with Spirit. And when I in turn, am in need, I know that it is probably just an ask away.
I know that you are a blessing. Remind others of the same by being a blessing to them today.