Not just any hug

By Jae Ellard, Simple Intentions Founder

Last weekend I stood in line for six hours to get a hug from Amma, the “hugging saint.” Amma’s real name is Mata Amritanandamayi, but she’s known around the world as Amma, or Mother, because of her unconditional love for all beings. Her bio says she has hugged more than 34 million people.

I’m also a hugger. A friend even called me a “triple hugger” because I often hug once upon meeting and twice before parting. Like Amma, who says that love expressed is compassion, hugging to me is an intentional expression of care, acceptance and love for the people in my life.

While waiting for my hug from Amma, and especially upon receiving it, I couldn’t help but feel just pure love. We all need more of that. So, today: Give a hug, get a hug.


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