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The HUG experiment

So let’s Hug it Out!

“Millions and millions of years would still not give me half enough time to describe that tiny instant of all eternity when you put your arms around me and I put my arms around you.”

– Jacques Prévert

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Did you know hugging is good for you?

Someone told me “Who doesn’t love a hug?” – Sadly not everyone knows how important the power of hugging is.

In a world where society is so “evolved”, and information is available at a fingertip, it’s easy to forget some very basic things like the warmth of a hug. People are isolating themselves and missing out on a simple gesture that can make a big impact.

Our PW team has gone to the streets of London to prove hugging is a very simple act, but not everyone is willing to give it a try.

 

Little do they know about how such an act can be so full of goodness.

So, let’s get scientific! Here follows a bunch of reasons why you should never waste the opportunity to hug someone and why it’s so damn good for you.

  • The Oxytocindeal – Hugging immediately increases the oxytocin levels in your body. That’s an important chemical component associated with social interaction, trust ,relaxation and love – to name but a few. It has a variety of effects into your body’s well-being, so let’s take a look at a quick list of goodness it can bring you.
  1. Strengthen Immune System – When hugging, the gentle pressure acts directly on the thymus gland, which balances and regulates the production of leucocytes (white cells). So yep, hugging makes you stronger!
  2. Combats Stress and reduces anxiety – the censorial response our skin gives after a hug is directly linked to our nervous system. It also reduces cortisol levels (stress hormone) if they are longer than 20 seconds.
  3. Lower Heart disease– lowering stress and high blood pressure, hugging is all around good to keep your heart healthy and working better.
  4. It makes you Happier- Hugging stimulates the production and release of endorphins, so open your arms and get to it.

There are many other benefits of hugging but I guess touching and connecting, strengthening trust and interdependency are my favourite ones.

Hugging reminds us that we are humans and are here for a reason, connection to one another is certainly part of the human experience, so open your arms and join forces with us.

Hug it out!

We will be hosting free hugging events soon, so stay tuned for more news on it. In the meantime, check our Hug feast in the streets of London

“There is a saying by Virginia Satir, a respected family therapist, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.” Eight or more might seem quite high, but while researching and writing this article I asked my child, “How many hugs a day do you like?” She said, “I’m not going to tell you how many I like, but it’s way more than eight.” That really made me smile and touched my heart. And, I realized how organic and deep the need for hugs is.” – resourced at mind Body Green

Thanks for reading,

Love and Light,

 

Self-Love Part 1

Do you truly love and accept yourself?

“This self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind: it is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it.” – Voltaire

We want to start with the very basics. For anyone’s well being, Self-Love is essential. People are looking for Happiness everywhere but the right place: inside themselves! For any human being to be able to experience true happiness, it is imperative that they fully love and accept themselves.

We interviewed some people in the streets of London and many refused to talk, not because they were camera shy but because they didn’t think they had anything great to say about themselves, or they didn’t think they had love for themselves.

However, some brave ones were happy to talk about Self-Love and what it meant to them, as well as sharing what they love about themselves. Take a look at the video below:

 Let’s talk about Self-Love

I can speak about Self-Love openly. Why? Because there was a time I did not love myself. In fact, it was quite the opposite. I used to hate myself. I was very lost, I no longer knew what I wanted, where was I going, and what my goals and dreams were.

I thought money was the main concern I had to deal with, and that achieving success and financial freedom were the things I needed to do to be free and happy; turns out when that started to happen I felt even emptier as I was building my wealth above a foundation in which I did not believe.

Well, there is a lot I want to talk about, but for this article I’ll focus on the fact I didn’t love myself and used to put the on the great mask, presenting this “facade” to everyone.

See, I’m one of those people that they call bubbly, I’m always smiling, and yes to a certain degree this is what my life is like, mostly cheerful. The reality is that I was trying to avoid the main issue.

  1.   I didn’t love myself
  2.   I didn’t even know who I was

So, I decided to continue playing that role until it got to a point that it no longer served me. I was tired of wearing the mask, and I was ready to start getting to know the person underneath it.

Believe me, I read all of those new age books. I used to tell myself oh yes let’s try this, let’s do that.. Oh yes I love myself, but never had the courage to look inside.

When I started looking inside I didn’t like what I saw. All those years of avoidance, not dealing with my internal feelings – Oh man they pile up – and it gets harder and harder, it was a big pile, practically 30 years of it.

Anyway, through meditation, energy healing and other spiritual practices, I gained the strength I needed to be able to face myself, to listen to the “I” right inside, and finally started to acknowledge that the things I truly believed were not the things I included in my day-to-day life nor my work.

So I had to change…I had to start an inner journey to find out who I am, what I love, and what makes my soul sparkle…

Do you know what is it? What makes your soul sparkle?

Okay, so maybe you don’t believe in the soul etc .. Let’s re-phrase.. What makes you feel real?

Something you love doing so much it doesn’t even matter what the results are like because you are having so much fulfilment while doing it. It makes your entire body vibrate differently, it makes you warm and smile inside.

I take it you get the point…

I guess listening to yourself and finding out what makes your soul sparkle is the first real symptom of Self-Love.

Does it make sense? I hope you are getting it.

It’s not straight forward (it might be, if you are already on this path). It was not so obvious for me when I was so far away from understanding this Self-Love business.

So, you might be asking yourself .. mmmm I do want to find out . Do I love myself?

Here is a simple exercise.

I started with baby steps, doing a really simple experiment that can open all sorts of doors.

The mirror experiment  

Look yourself in the mirror, stare into your own eyes and say:

I Love you, I love you , I love you – I Love and Accept myself for who I am.

Once that’s done, you will know right away how far from truly loving yourself you are.

If you can jump right away into the core of your eyes and swim in your own soul, feeling the bliss that follows with it, that’s what it’s meant to be like when you truly love yourself.

Or..

If when you say those things it’s nearly like they are not meant to be said out loud, there is a discomfort, shyness, maybe even a sadness or a feeling of untruth…

Me? I had all of those. It was baaad.

The good thing is when you realise you want to be honest with yourself and work on it.

Start with this simple exercise every day, maybe morning and evening or even more. The more you do, the more things start to change – believe me this is a powerful tool.

Anyway, I guess the point is..

  • Do you truly love yourself?
  • Do you truly know who you are?
  • Do you truly do what you love?
  • Do you truly know what you love?

If any of the answers above are NO, don’t panic, most people will not even dare to ask themselves those questions until is too late to do anything about it.

The good thing is that you got here and that’s the beginning of a new journey. If you are willing to do the work and find out what is behind the rainbow, you can.

Start small with the mirror exercise, and do it at least once a day for 30 days.

We will soon post more on the subject. Feel free to ask questions and remember, “The Power is Yours”.

For more Eye gazing techniques here are some helpful links :

 

Keep Calm and Love Yourself

Thanks for reading,

Love and Light,

Sab