What’s in a Hug?

Recently during an esoteric yoga class, the yoga teacher talked of the love from our hearts coming down our arms and coming out of our hands. When she spoke of this, all I could see was myself hugging another.

I never used to be much of a hugger. I didn’t offer hugs nor did I make myself available for another to hug me. I was never a fan of those awkward quick hugs with a pat on the back – they were a gesture that only highlighted what was not there.

I preferred no hug than a lesser hug and I held myself back so much that a full hug was a rarity.

There can be such intimacy in a hug and I really felt what this was when I felt the love in my heart and its movement out of my hands.

When we hug another, our hearts are all but touching. We then use our arms (that are full of love) to embrace each other. Often our hands will rest on the back of the other person, and for me, my hand will rest on the back of their heart.

So, to reiterate – when we hug, our hearts are touching, you are held in my love-filled arms and this circle of love is sealed with my hands resting on the back of your heart.

I am now a hugger and have a much deeper appreciation of what is in a hug.

By Nikki McKee, Company Director, Goonellabah, NSW, Australia

Further Reading:
The inner-heart – your key to connecting with who you truly are
From Hardness to Heartfelt – Hugs with My Dad
A Tender Hug… Reflecting the Love That I Am

1,048 thoughts on “What’s in a Hug?

  1. I’ve been noticing lately how much is there to be felt in a hug. They give so much away and you can’t hide in a hug.

    1. So true Nikki. There have been many times when I have felt the quality in my body in relation to the person I’m hugging and have been shocked at how hard I have felt. The beautiful thing though is that I can then choose to be inspired and let go the hardness and surrender into myself so my body just melts.

  2. It is not so much the hug but the quality in which we are with another, and whether we are closed or open.
    A hug can be a movement in protection and hardness as equally a love-filled movement that holds another in the love we are.

  3. Having just done a healing course, Level 1, what I was struck by most was how amazing it is to connect to another human being from our essence and energetic quality, the power in this is beyond words but shows me that their is a quality of interacting that is connecting and another way that is basically the opposite, unfortunately most of us live in the very numbed out disconnected way so that when you hug it is without any true intimacy or love. We have so much inside of us just bursting to come out and be loving in ways I can’t even imagine, there is so much more to life than what we currently are living.

    1. That’s so true Vanessa, even when we are living in the love of our essence there are more depths of love to go to – it’s never ending.

  4. This is gorgeous in its simplicity and profoundness. It is incredible what you become aware of when asked to feel your heart and the flow of love from there down your arms. Most often this expands through this awareness or blockages disappear. It feels so important to bring this openness to a hug rather than the hard, protected bodies we normally have. Lately I have spontaneously been enjoying hugging myself, which feels so nurturing. We can tend to focus so much on loving outwardly, that it is beautiful when you feel to hug yourself.

  5. Thank you Nikki, I can feel a new level of appreciation for what a hug can hold, and to value even more deeply the love I can share and that we all are in essence.

  6. A hug is another one of our many movements made in life and the quality for which we move plays an integral role in a hug, just as much as it does to pick up a hairbrush. What I also find cool to note is how we grow and shift in our lives to how we feel about ourselves shifts and changes our movements too. Our hugs can deepen and shift as we do. Movement is very cool to observe and explore within ourselves because we can open up to more love and honesty from these observations.

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