I am not a fan of Sarah and John Lloyd, but the "power hug" line interests me when I saw the movie trailer which provides a positive demonstration of love and affection and emotional warmth, sabi nga ng anak ko, it sends a "kilig" effect.
Physical intimacy as the body language of love such as the power of touch is often taken for granted and instead love and affection is always equated with the material things.
And moreover, let us not forget the power of hug has a therapeutic effect, an essential tool for healing that help relieve pain and depression and anxiety, to bolster a patients will to live. The therapeutic touch such as caressing makes a growing child feel secure and is known to aid in self esteem.
In her book "The Hug Therapy", Kathleen Keating Schloessinger says - "In a world that has grown more complicated, more fierce in the demands made upon our hearts and pocket books, there is one easy, free gift left. The power of touch. Don’t turn away from the elderly, disabled, terminally ill or long term care residents because their needs seem beyond your ability to give. The one thing they need the most is the most simple, yet profound gift you have to give. Your kind hand holding theirs and a hug from your heart. The gift of touch is the most powerful healing you can offer another, and it is the most powerful healing you can give yourself. Give generously and watch yourself grow rich in what matters the most. Hug often, hug well...I embrace your spirit.... "
The miracle of touch is already with us since our conception, our body has been receptive to the sensitive touch because of the sense organs of our body. While inside our mother's womb, each part of our fetus' body is touched by the amniotic fluid which maybe the origin of the yearning for touch all our lives. And as we are delivered into this world, we recognized our mother through her touch, during our infancy, we tend to cling to our mother's fingers as she caress our body.
"There is something godlike everyone of us possesses in our arms, hands, fingers. This is the power to make someone feel cherished....the power to give (and receive at the very same time!) kindness, warmth, tenderness, support, healing, security - and most of all belonging. All add up to the profoundness of love....all human qualities that humans can give - and give with a simple touch - a simple hug." by Kathleen Keating
Let us express our love, share it by giving a warm hug to our love ones, our partner in life, our parents, uncles and aunts, brothers and sisters, the sick and and ailing people we knew, our friends, the people longing for our love and affection... "pabaunan natin sila ng power hug."