I once read somewhere that hugging another person allows a sense of relaxation, the slowing of the heart beat and a warmth from the exchange of love.
Holidays bring so many hugs and I have to wonder if this feeling of less stress, an open + vulnerable heart and very clear skin are a direct result of all the hugging. I do wonder. And well, I do believe so.
Every embrace has been nourishment to my sweet soul this holiday season.
I wrote about my sweet friend, Sarita last year and how she taught me to hug, like this:
“…I mean, hugs all around….to a full on, heart to heart, close your eyes ‘embrace’. The embrace goes about 4 seconds longer than any normal hug you may be used to. Almost to that point of awkward, questioning if this is still happening and why is it taking so long as I will see her tomorrow type hug. And then you realize that its Sarita, making sure you truly feel loved in a moment. And you are forever transformed to hug everyone four seconds longer. Thank you for teaching me the beauty of human embrace and for the extra four seconds.”
And thus, I send you a hug that lasts four seconds too long.
I send you love, deep and scary + vulnerable love.
I send you honest conversation and a commitment to rock 2013 together.
And as we close this holiday season, it is not too late to hug longer, love harder and feel it, for real.