I do Free Hugs all over the world and I can speak from the heart when I say, what you've written is so true. We are desperate to connect one to another. People share the most intimate details for their lives with me in the moment of embrace, it is powerful and deep. As a Storyteller, I also focus on stories of peace, love, kindness and understanding, building bridges between cultures. It is heart expanding to witness people connect to each other and realize their humanity; that we are all interconnected. I also share bottles of bubbles on subways to help people loosen up and be kind to each other. It is always fun to watch what happens when people open up to each other, even in a subway. Thank you for posting. HUG!
On Apr 14, 2013madhur wrote :
We did a little free hugs exercise recently, and it was good. However, i could not see profound impact or deep conversations. Either we needed to interact more , we were still holding back or something which could have made the experience more powerful. Need your suggestions on how to think or do to make it a moment of embrace and connectivity.
On Apr 15, 2013Kristin Pedemonti wrote :
I believe some of the impact & deeper conversation comes from opening your own hearts fully and being 100% present in the moment. I have a feeling I send out some sort of signal because all my life people have shared their stories with me. Can you tell me More about the exercise you did?
Update: in March I shared FREE HUGS stories in Poland at a high school, at a business meeting where I was keynote speaker, as well as at a TEDx Talk and Every Time it opened deeper conversation and even brought tears as people allowed themselves to open up more fully in that experience and moment. Conversations started, people shared their thoughts with each other. At the business meeting it was really profound, especially as Polish people are typically not huggers of people they do not know well. Many people spoke to me afterwards expressing how the stories of the hugs opened them up to sharing hugs with each other; of the 80 people in attendance, over half hugged me before they left that day and shared how they felt more open and that they would hug someone else too.
Also, After my presentation in a high school in Minsk Mazowiecki, Poland a group of high school students decided to go out into their city and offer Free Hugs on their own. They reported back that the hugs came from all ages and subcultures, that it opened up conversation and that they can't wait to do it again.
When I do Free Hugs out in a city or a town every time at least a half dozen people share details of their lives with me. If you wish to email me privately, you are most welcome to do so: firstname.lastname@example.org