Hugging meditation is a combination of East and West. According to the practice, you have to really hug the person you are hugging. You have to make him or her very real in your arms, not just for the sake of appearances, patting him on the back to pretend you are there, but breathing consciously and hugging with all your body, spirit, and heart. Hugging meditation is a practice of mindfulness. "Breathing in, I know my dear one is in my arms, alive. Breathing out, she is so precious to me." If you breathe deeply like that, holding the person you love, the energy of care, love, and mindfulness will penetrate into that person and she will be nourished and bloom like a flower.
At a retreat for psychotherapists in Colorado, we practiced hugging meditation, and one retreatnat, when he returned home to Philadelphia, hugged his wife at the airport in a way he had never hugged her before. Because of that, his wife attended our next retreat, in Chicago. To be really there, you only need to breathe mindfully, and suddenly both of you become real. It may be one of the best moments of your life."
I'm a hugger. I like to hug. I like it when someone hugs me or happily, gratefully, and freely allows me to hug them. Therefore, I like people who are comfortable with hugging. I think the world could be a better place if people can hug one another.
Hugging is beautiful.