Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’ve tasked myself with exploring the concepts of pronoia (the belief that the universe is conspiring to shower us with blessings), quiety (serenity) and peace – all through the lens of unusual, obscure, or simply delightful-to-me words.
U is for…
umbfold – an archaic word from the 1400s meaning to embrace someone.
A hug can be a sign of love, affection, or friendship. Although culture and individual preference may put a nix on it, hugging is often a common form of greeting or parting.
There is extensive research verifying the psychological and physical benefits of being hugged. I whole-heartedly believe the truth of that. I also believe there are subtler and more profound benefits – perhaps what you might call “spiritual” benefits, however you might define spiritual.
I undoubtedly lean more into the “woo” side of things than many people, but the world I inhabit is one that pays attention to energy – to vibration and frequencies.
While it’s perfectly fine to accept hugging as a simple feel-good gesture, I’m suggesting it can actually be much more. Hugging is a practice that invites an aware balance of giving and receiving love. It honors where each person is in their ability to let in love, and yet invites radical understanding that as a collective we really do need to hug one another more frequently – to build bridges, to mirror unity consciousness, to invite heart-felt connection.
That to me is what a hug is – both literally and figuratively a heart connection.
While I imagine this can be construed as egoic, the truth is I am a good hugger. I run strong heart energy, I attune to energy easily, and I believe hugs are an opportunity to give and receive powerful energy.
We’ve all had experiences with uncomfortable huggers – they’re stiff, almost unwilling, unable to relax, and rather than holding their hands on the other’s back or rubbing the back of the heart chakra gently they often pat rather sharply in a motion akin to burping a baby. There’s no judgement here believe me. Hugging wasn’t always one of my super powers. But now that it is, I’d love for everyone to experience it.
In a good hug each person has the opportunity to relax, bask in love, and dive deep within themselves. It’s an invitation to open your heart and connect to the heart of another soul. It’s not about giving your heart away, but simply exchanging energy for a moment, and understanding we all carry different vibrational patterns. A heart-to-heart energy exchange offers the opportunity to align with and entrain with another’s vibration bringing a deep connection that often feels really good.
Of course I absolutely do not advocate touching another person without permission. Honoring people’s boundaries and preferences is paramount in respectful relationship. But should we ever meet in person, I’d love to exchange hugs. For I believe as Hafiz so beautifully said:
“My Heart and Your Heart are very old friends.”
Umbfolding needn’t be confined to people. There’s much magic and energy to be exchanged by hugging trees.
Are you hugger? Tree-hugger? Pay attention to energy and vibration? Do tell – you know I love to hear.