When I was a small child, I loved helping people. It felt good to be there and do things for others out of sheer generosity. Over time, although that was still part of the motivation, I also understood that I saw myself as able to help people, but sometimes, I would view them incapable of helping themselves. When I saw that, I realized that what I really want, is to connect with other people, in a deep, meaningful way.
The first time that I offered hugs on the street, that was not my intention, not fully, anyway. What it feels like now, is that I want hugging another person to be a reverence, a presence, a deep knowing and seeing of another soul. Feeling your oneness deeply and firmly.
In thinking about that this morning, I realized that what I know to be deep, present hugging, is to be in the moment with that person. Right there, with no past to reflect on and no future to anticipate. Focusing only on the here and now.
What is great about being truly present and in the moment, is that when we give no power to past or to future, then we surrender. We surrender our stories of what did happen, or what might happen. We breathe deeply, and sigh that air out. We settle in and feel the details of what is there. We feel a deep sense of peace.
When I am present, I see myself as innocent; as beautiful; as not needing to be or do anything else than at that moment. And, when I release my stories and see myself in this way, I can always more easily see others in this way, too.
So judgments pass, stories seem unimportant, and I don’t feel so alone in the world. I offer something to another person, I see them as who they are. And, I see myself as well. I see our Oneness, our joining.
I see the Light that we all are.