Many people are going to be deprived of touch and hugging while self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s a method for hugging while standing two metres apart (the recommended distance to avoid transmission of the virus).
About fifteen years ago, I went to a dowsing workshop in Bristol, UK, led by a guy called Jason. He got us to think of a happy memory and then dowse the edges of each other’s aura with dowsing rods. The aura expands when you’re happy or thinking of a happy memory. Thinking happy thoughts may also release serotonin (happy hormones).
If you don’t believe in auras, think about mirror neurons instead. The way these work is that if you see someone else performing a physical action (such as lifting their arm), the neurons that would activate lifting your arm fire in readiness to imitate them.
There’s also the muscle memory of actual hugs.
Two metre hug
In order for this to work, you do need to explain it to the other person; this means consent is automatically part of the hugging process. Yay!
You can explain either with mirror neurons, muscle memory, or the aura depending on your preference and/or audience.
If you’re doing a virtual hug over online video, it has to be mirror neurons, serotonin, and muscle memory.
Step 1. Stand two metres away from the person you want to hug. (For online video, stand so they can see the upper half of your body.)
Step 2. Think of a happy memory (if you don’t have a happy memory, think of something that would make you happy). Take a bit of time to build up this memory or happy thought. It’s probably good if the happy thought involves the person you’re air-hugging.
Step 3. Move your arms as if you were hugging the other person. Spend at least thirty seconds in the hug position.
Stay healthy, and blessed be!