For those of us who are huggers, the pandemic has been a difficult time.
I do not feel like a complete person if I cannot show affection to those I care about.
Hugging is a language in and of itself—but what options did I have?
I drew inspiration from this image of a sunflower taken by my friend Barton.
Note what the sunflower seems to be doing.
Yes, it is hugging itself.
How beautiful is that?
So, I consciously became like a sunflower. And now, it is an ongoing practice for me. Whenever I feel unloved, unlovable, lonely, or sad, I draw inspiration from this lovely flower.
Only recently did I remember I have taught children and youth to do just this over the years—hug and love yourselves.
How did I not recall this during the pandemic for myself?
There are instructions to join in some self-love and enjoy some hugs from your amazing self.
Here are the six steps for giving a sunflower hug.
1. Stand up tall.
2. Take a deep breath in and out.
3. Put your right hand on your left shoulder.
4. Put your left hand on your right shoulder.
5. Say these words aloud:
“I love myself. I love myself. Ooooohhhh, I love myself.”
6. Repeat those words a few rounds to get into the flow.
For an advanced version, sway your arms side to side continuing to hug yourself while saying the words out loud with emphasis on a sassy “Ooohhhh.”
And for the extra advanced: smile, laugh, and have fun.
Let’s all remember when we are feeling sad or alone to be like the self-hugging sunflower and wrap our own arms around our beauty and light!