Hugging meditation is all about connecting and healing. By reconciling with one another in this way, we can create understanding and happiness and be totally present in the moment.
The Plum Village technique of hugging meditation, which is what we did and which you can easily practice at home, goes as follows:
To practice, we first bow and recognize the presence of each other. Then we can enjoy three deep conscious breaths to bring ourselves fully there. We then may open your arms and begin hugging. Holding each other for three in-and-out breaths. With the first breath, we are aware that we are present in this very moment and we are happy. With the second breath, we are aware that the other is present in this moment and we are happy as well. With the third breath, we are aware that we are here together, right now on this earth, and we feel deep gratitude and happiness for our togetherness. We then may release the other person and bow to each other to show our thanks.
Who will you practice hugging meditation with today?