I love you

While at Bonnaroo my partner and I wore “Free Hugs” T-shirts and gave hugs to anyone who asked. The whole experience was fun, but two moments in particular really stand out.

The first of those moments was the first hug I gave where the other person really put all of herself into the hug. You know what I’m talking about. A quick squeeze and a pat on the back is nice, but that deep warmth we feel when someone really hugs with their whole body and is fully present and committed to the act… that’s divine. And she came in for a hug and we wrapped our arms around each other and we both just held on firmly and gently. As we slowly let go she said “Oh, you give good hugs!”

“So do you!” I exclaimed.

From there we went into a short conversation about why we were going around giving hugs. She said if she was doing it it would be to make other people feel good. I told her that part was nice, but in all honesty I was doing it because I liked hugs, and because it was a way to make sure I actually got my quiet, sometimes shy self interacting with other people at the fest. We went our separate ways, and I didn’t see her again, but that hug still lingers. I can feel the warm echoes of in my arms.

The second was another fully committed hug. In the midst of it the man I was hugging said with all sincerity, “I love you, brother.” And it was just real and beautiful, and something I’ve returned to in my mind a few times since.

It was those experiences that came to mind when I saw this short film from Sivan Garr that was linked in the latest Free Will Astrology Newsletter and on Pronoia Resources.

I love you.


“If you’re really listening, if you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold ever more wonders.”
~ Andrew Harvey

Finding God

“The reason we can hope to find God is that He is here, engaged all the time in finding us. Every gleam of beauty is a pull toward Him. Every pulse of love is a tendril that draws us in His direction. Every verification of truth links the finite mind up into a Foundational Mind that undergirds us. Every deed of good will points toward a consummate Goodness which fulfills all our tiny adventures in faith. We can find Him because in Him we live and move and have our being.”

~ Rufus M. Jones, “Pathways to the Reality of God”

Ordinary People

In the last few minutes I’ve become a huge fan of the blog Ordinary People (NSFW). From the site:

Dedicated to celebrating the beauty of the human body in all its forms.
Not a lot of silicon.
Not a lot of professional models.
Not a lot of just barely legal teens.
Just a variety of all different types of ordinary grown-up people.

It seems to be heavily weighted to photos of women in various states of undress, but within that category it’s pretty diverse. Lovely to see so many bodies!