HUG is an ongoing project by Aurora Tabar and Sara Zalek that encourages love and healing through touch. Every week we hug continuously for an hour in downtown Chicago, usually during the lunch hour. We’ve worn red. We’ve worn yellow. We have a sign. It says “HUG”. And there are flyers hanging from in on each side saying, “please take one.” The flyer is 2-sided and says:
Reaching out to touch someone is a lasting symbol of what it means to be human and a universal sign of healing.
So take a moment, today, any day, to stop, to breathe, to reach out, to hug someone!
by doing so you will cultivate compassion, peace, joy, friendliness, and happiness in yourself and all around!
Every week we hug in a different location downtown. While we hug we converse with people about what we are doing and why. Sometimes people hug one another and sometimes they hug us. Some people are intrigued and excited while others are confused or put-off. We stand in peace and love, offering ourselves and others this respite, this reminder, this feeling.
Our hugs thus far have been edifying and inspirational. This blog is an attempt to record and share our experiences as well as our interactions with passersby through writing, drawings, and photographs. Most importantly, this is just one more way for us to spread the word about the power of hugging.
Share the Hugs!