Mata Amritanandamayi is known throughout the world as Amma
Or Mother, for love and compassion toward all beings. Her life has been dedicated to alleviating the pain of the poor, and those suffering physically and emotionally. Even as a small girl, she drew attention with the many hours she spent in deep meditation on the seashore. Throughout her life, Amma has embraced and comforted more than 32 million people. I was grateful to have an opportunity to meet Amma and to experience the presence of a holy person at the Amma retreat in Massachusetts.
More Than Skin Deep
Hugging not only feels good but it turns out the effect is more than skin deep. A study by University of North Carolina researchers found that hugs increase the “bonding” hormone oxytocin and decrease the risk of heart disease. Not big on hugs? That’s ok, because just like a hug, a touch can show love, understanding, requiring no response and leading to physiological calming, emotional well-being, relieving stress, and enhancing trust between giver and recipient. If hugging people might feel funny at first, you might learn to enjoy it over time.
Sending you a SoaringHug, share it with the people you love or with a stranger who needs a little lift today.