I’ve never had so many hugs as I enjoyed during the past two weeks. My -very large- family gathered to support dad’s last days and then more folks arrived to honor his passing. Through it all, we hugged!
Sometimes two of us caught each other’s eye and clasped our arms around each other and held on as if clasping life itself.
Other times, someone would notice a family member “on the edge” and a spontaneous group hug would evolve. My family practices “sandwich hugs” which are group hugs that squeeze the person from all sides. The physical holding of the person mimics our holding them in our hearts.
If yoga is UNION, surely then hugs are a form of yoga. It is a discipline we need to practice. We need to move beyond the sterile: hands barely touching the other person and head tilting for a light peck on the cheek.
Just as every pose encompasses effort and surrender, hugs require both giving and receiving.
As we gather the other person in our arms, we acknowledge our contribution to their well being. We build confidence in our own power to heal. We surrender to their strength and love. Acknowledging that we are not alone in this world, we hold each other in a fundamental, primal human connection.
We give our Self to them. At the same time, we practice surrendering and receiving the gift of another Self, which is really the same Self!
Here’s a lovely video which is probably not the most inspirational video you’ll ever see, but one you’ll enjoy. Watching huggers seems to get the endorphins flowing! Thanks to a FB friend for sharing, New Age Enlightenment for creating HUG FOR THE WORLD, and for the soundtrack by Enigma.