Hugging Meditation

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“In each of us, the seed of Buddha, the capacity to wake up and understand, is called Buddha nature. It is the seed of mindfulness, the awareness of what is happening in the present moment. If I say, “A lotus for you, a Buddha to be, ” it means, ” I see clearly the Buddha nature in you.” It may be difficult for you to accept that the seed of Buddha is in you, but we all have the capacity for faith, awakening, understanding and awareness, and that is what is meant by Buddha nature.

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There is no one who does not have the capacity to be a Buddha.”

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— Thich Nhat Hanh – Essential Writings, Our True Home

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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.
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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.

4:3:13 three tulipsWith 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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“We ourselves need love.

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We should ask the question whether we are capable of loving ourselves as well as others.
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Are we treating our body kindly—by the way we eat, by the way we drink, by the way we work?

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~Thich Nhat Hanh
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Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!


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