©Dréa Peters 2013
Did you know what a hug (real or imagined) can do for you?!
Tara Brach: “When I teach meditations for the heart, I often ask my students to visualize being held by a loved one and/or to offer gentle self-touch as part of the practice. Research shows that a twenty-second hug stimulates production of oxytocin, the hormone associated with feelings of love, connectedness, and safety.
Yet, we don’t need to receive a physical hug to enjoy this benefit: Either imagining a hug, or feeling our own touch—on our cheek, on our chest—also releases oxytocin. Whether through visualization, words, or touch, meditations on love can shift brain activity in a way that arouses positive emotions and reduces traumatic reactivity.” (source)
Where attention goes, energy flows: We have the capacity to cultivate an inner refuge of safety and love.
The human body is AMAZING!
squeeze me, pleeze!