The Hug that Changed Everything


There’s more to a hug than meets the eye. And what these two little angels taught the medical community about the power of the heart can bring you much-needed healing. This week’s post is about two superpowers you have that can change everything!

Kyrie and Brielle Jackson were born on 17 October 1995 at the Massachusetts Memorial Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts. Each twin weighed two pounds. Though Kyrie was putting on a bit of weight in the days following their birth, Brielle was having difficulty breathing, and her oxygen levels were dropping critically low.

Nurse Gayle Kasparian, who was on duty that night, tried everything she knew to calm the baby girl. She held her, sang to her, and had her dad hold her. She wrapped her in a blanket and suctioned her nose. But nothing worked. As the minutes passed by and Brielle’s crying became uncontrollable, her condition worsened, and she started to turn blue.

Following her intuition and going against hospital protocol, the nurse decided to put Brielle inside Kyrie’s incubator next to her sister. Almost immediately, Brielle snuggled up to Kyrie. Her blood-oxygen saturation levels soared. She began to breathe more easily. The frantic crying stopped, and her normal pinkish color quickly returned.

Over the coming weeks, Brielle’s health improved steadily to the amazement of nurses, doctors, and hospital staff, who these days continue to use this very same twin stabilizing technique innovated by this courageous nurse.

Although Braille’s recovery may have been primarily due to the healing touch of her twin sister, current research at the HeartMath Institute suggests that it was the proximity of their two hearts that helped her weaker sister get better.

According to HeartMath’s research, when you are three feet away from a person, you’re standing in their heart field, or emotion-based, electromagnetic field. This field can be detected by your nervous system and has the capacity to interact bio-energetically with the heart field of others.

What does this have to do with you? You’re probably wondering.

Two things.

First, you have the capacity to influence the energy, feelings, and emotions of people around you by how you feel at any given time. Your emotions impact both your inner and outer environment.

Second, a hug you give or receive from others has the capacity to alter your metabolism by changing the biochemistry of your body. Your hugs can not only comfort you, but also comfort and heal others.

These are two superpowers. And like the old saying goes, with great superpowers comes great responsibility.

So let me ask you…

How different would your life be if, instead of blaming life’s circumstances or other people for the way you feel, you took 100% responsibility for your emotional well-being?

Is there someone close to you who could really benefit from the healing touch only your heart can bring them?

A wise person once told me that if you’re going to hug another person, always be the last one to let go because you never know how long they need it. To this, I would add:

If you’re going to offer your heart to another, offer them a heart full of love.

A hug you give or receive can change everything.

From my heart to yours,


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