Those who know me, or at least follow me on Twitter, know I am fond of hugs.
Getting them is great, giving them is better, sharing them is the best.
Hugs can be bad – if they are done improperly – without consent or in any manner that makes the person being hugged feel uncomfortable. But when done properly, they have so much power. And to me, they can be broken down into a few categories.
Healy hugs are just what they sound like – given when one person is in pain. Distressed, sad, upset, or any other sort of pain. Healy hugs have the “giver” drawing the pain away and replacing it with nice, clean, fresh energy. When I give these hugs for real or virtually, I always try to visualise this drawing out of the darkness. To take in their hurt and somehow neutralise it.
In some cases, it tells the receiver that, no matter how horrible, how nasty the world is, just for this one moment, this very place, everything is safe, warm and secure. And even if there is no respite, it at least tells us that there is someone to stand by us, to face the darkness together.
All this really does have a healing quality. Healy hugs create an amazing positive energy that allows us to just be.
Friend hugs are, as the name suggests, how we greet and farewell our friends. They say things like “you are special to me” and “I have missed/am going to miss you”. They tell us we belong. Often friend hugs are shared rather than having a specific giver and receiver.
Those intimate embraces, the ones where the world truly goes away and there is nothing in the universe but the two (or more) of you. These hugs are just awesome, and I am so incredibly grateful to my darling wife for being able to share these.
Regardless of the type of hug, they really are amazing things. Even when given vitually. To have someone wrap their arms around you, you feel so safe, warm and loved. My tweeps know I am a habitual virtual hugger. I hope it makes them feel good. I know it makes me feel good.
Big hugs to you all.
Apologies for the rough writing. This is just a quickie after all.