the TAO of CHANGE

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by Tao, Carrboro, NC

I’ve been having a lot of those days lately – you know, where you just need a hug, a smile, a pat on the back, some way of knowing that you’re not alone and that’s there’s a lot of love out there amidst the craziness.

When it comes to hugs, the more the better. So, I’ve been asking for hugs. (though cats aren’t always in the mood.) Then I realized that I was also giving hugs, which felt even BETTER. And watching people hug feels bigger than that, for I found myself weeping happily over this video. It’s the true story of Juan Mann, an Austrailian who in the time of his own need, embarked upon a “Free Hugs Campaign”.

Oh, Yeah, the fear demon reared its head and they tried to stop him – actually ban the hugging – but the human spirit prevailed. Find out how and watch some of the most enthusiastic and sincere hugs you’ve seen in a long time. The music is great, too.

When you’ve finished that, watch Umbra from Grist.org give away “BEE HUGS” in Seattle to not only spread some love for humans but for the bees (and their plight) as well.

And now that you’re craving a hug more than chocolate, start your own Free Hugs Campaign in your neighborhood. For inspiration, check out the photos of hugging happening all over the planet.

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3 Responses to “”

  1. Don Tucker Says:

    Here are a bunch of hugs from our neck of the woods. Hope they brighten your day the way you brighten the World.

    Don

  2. phyllisdiehl Says:

    love this “hugging story” as a woman of the past, i always observed people not hugging, more the grown-up shake my hand thing. lately i have seen and felt the hugs. how warm and wonderful this is. i guess we all need hugs, i wish i was with you and i would give you a real large warm beautiful hug to a beautiful woman (that’s you) thanks for the story, it was a beauty

  3. Roger Hartsell Says:

    Sending a ‘Pug!”

    We should do this, and see how well goes. Who could refuse a free hug?
    Better than a “fist bump” or a “chest bump.”
    How long should a hug last?
    Hug the trees. Hug the horses. Hug the doggies and kitties.
    Hug somebody who there might be some animosity with.
    Hug yourself.

    Thank, Jolly ROger

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