1. Begin by taking a few moments to look at the other person and realize how dear they are to you.
2. Take three breaths, just looking at the other person and feeling their true presence.
3. As you open your arms to hug the other person, breathe consciously and hug with all your body, mind and heart. “Breathing in, I know my dear one is here in my arms, alive. Breathing out, s/he is so precious to me.”
from Thich Nhat Hanh’s introduction to Beginning Anew by Sister Chan Khong