This week’s excerpt is from Jackie Lynnley’s Love and Hugs – Health for the Body, Mind and Heart. It’s a terrific read and you can read the whole article here.
Now, for the excerpt.
Would you consider being in your mother’s womb a hug? Certainly, it looks to be for the fetus’s we can now view moving around in there. So it well could be our first nine months of hugs. Then it is said we spend our first three years after birth being hugged often, considered a baby.still.
So the beginning of our lives are all about hugs except for some very unlucky ones, but this article is for most of us who remember hugs and love. Even if we do not remember, may it have helped form who we grew up to be? How important are all these hugs from parents, grandparents, family members and then friends, to eventual romantic hugs?
Can love and touch affect us spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically? Let us look at what love and hug’s effects are on us. Perhaps more than you ever dreamed.
Hugs are a great way of healing. Research shows that hugging is particularly effective in healing sickness, disease, loneliness, depression, anxiety, and stress. Heartfelt hugs also are helpful in many ways.
1. The human touch of a hug forms trust and a sense of protection, helping with open and honest communication.
2. Hugs increase oxytocin levels, healing loneliness, seclusion, and resentment.
3. Extending a hug boosts one’s serotonin levels, lifting mood and happy feelings.
4. Hugs make the immune system stronger. The tender pressure on the sternum and passionate charge this builds triggers the Solar Plexus Chakra. This stimulates the thymus gland, that controls and steadies the body’s production of white blood cells, that make us well and disease free.
5. Hugs enhance self-esteem, with touch and hugs from the time we are born being shown love and affection. We are taught love through hugs of affection by all those around us. Love comes from many people in many forms.
6. Hugs relax us and let tensions go in the body. They can also relieve aches and pain.
7. Hugs steady our nervous system, giving us a more balanced state of being.
8. Hugs teach us how to give and take, being equal to others for what we ourselves want.
9. Hugs connect us to our heart and feelings.
10. The vital give and take between people hugging is a practice in learning to share and bond with each other.