So I am a big time hugger ... I love receiving hugs as well as giving hugs; I even put xoxo in most of my emails, text, posts, etc. The other day I noticed that something so seemingly simple takes up so much thought process. You ask WHY? Well I noticed that in my interactions with people, in person or online, I often hesitate from giving hugs because I wonder if it is appropriate, is the other person going to read to much into it, or is it going to be just taken as an exchange of pure love. To give you an example a Middle Eastern male that I have never met posted a wonderful comment on one of my art postings on Facebook; and I make the distinction between Middle Eastern Men and others since it seems I have a "belief" that they tend to read to much more into a hug than other males. So when responding to his comment I ended it with a xoxo, but before posting it, at first I removed the xoxo thinking that it might seem inappropriate; after several seconds of going back and forth I just put ooo.
Just a very simple example of how our mind and beliefs keep us from doing things that really make us feel good and happy, because of our prejudices, judgements, habits, etc. In this hug situation I used to put the focus on the other people rather than on myself and what truly would make me happy. Needless to say I put xoxo whenever I want to and I give hugs to strangers. I am like this guy in the video below, that probably if most of you saw would think he is a freak :) Moral of the story, do what makes you happy, share the love, let go of beliefs that don't serve you, and stop the mind chatter. And if you see me with a sign "Free Hugs" come and give me a BIG HUG. In the meantime Keep on Watching, Living, Loving, and most important of all Enjoying.
Artist thoughts on life, love, happiness and spirituality.