Originally Posted by seeker5
What is a hug anyhow? I guess I had a hug mean that you care about someone, but now I think I should redefine it more loosely to simply mean something else. Like two people enjoying the warmth and love that exists in the world?
For me, it's about connection. So, maybe sharing the warmth and love that exists in us? I think people - well, Americans, since that's where I live and what I know - are severely touch-deprived. Touching is a basic human need, but we're taught (most are, anyway!) that it's inappropriate to touch each other: in schools, "Keep your hands to yourselves! No touching!". At home, parents don't hug and touch their kids regularly after they're past a certain age. Or, for some, they actively seek out how NOT to touch even their very young kids: crib to bouncy seat to stroller to car seat, propping them with bottles instead of breastfeeding or holding them. So I look at hugging as a way to provide human touch to people! Even through a heavy coat, the connection is usually received.
I can learn a LOT about a person through hugging them, too - read their energy - so I like to do it, too, just as a way of getting to know someone.