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Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday Meditation: Hugs

This is part of Cocoon's Monday Meditation series.

This is a beautiful meditation that feels really good.

A Hugging Meditation Practice
by Thich Nhat Hanh
When we hug, our hearts connect and we know that we are not separate beings. Hugging with mindfulness and concentration can bring reconciliation, healing, understanding, and much happiness. 
You can practice hugging meditation with a friend, a child, your parents, or even a tree. To practice, first bow to each other and recognize each other's presence. Then, enjoy three deep, conscious breaths to bring yourself fully into the present moment. Next, open your arms and begin hugging, holding each other for three in-and-out-breaths.

With the first breath, become aware that you are present in this very moment and feel happy. With the second breath, become aware that the other person is present in this moment and feel happy as well. With the third breath, become aware that you are here together, right now on this Earth. We can feel deep gratitude and happiness for our togetherness. Finally, release the other person and bow to each other to show your thanks.
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I saw this meditation on Deva Premal & Miten's facebook page. These musicians express spiritual devotion through incredibly moving song and chant. If you haven't heard their music, I've included one of my favorite songs of theirs below for you to experience. (The picture above is of Deva and Miten. I'm pretty sure they hug a lot!)

1 comment:

  1. I love him! I have two really great books by Thich Nhat Han and have had the pleasure of hearing him speak!!!