I’m a pretty active person. I generally don’t like just laying around. I prefer to be out doing something, being active. I figure that when the day comes that you can’t be out and can’t be active, or at least you can’t do it easily as when you were young or able, you’re likely to wish you had taken advantage of opportunities when you had them. Fun, experiences, adventures, and life happen because we make them happen. So, I’d much rather be out living, than sitting.
But even I have days where a day at home sounds pretty nice. I just want to get up, stay naked, and laze about. I feel drawn to it. I find myself hoping that no one is going to announce that someone is coming over or that we need to go out to run an errand, necessitating getting dressed. I don’t want to get dressed. I don’t want to wear clothes today. I want to be nude. I don’t want to have a list of things to get done. I just want some time to be. I want some time to think and be naked. I want to “think naked”.
I don’t meditate personally. But I can definitely see the value in it. Time spent thinking, reflecting, and contemplating are immensely valuable and are far undervalued in society today. It’s not a matter of doing nothing. It’s a matter of giving yourself the time and privilege of slowing down and understanding all that is going on around you and how you are fitting into it. It’s turning off the TV. It’s putting down the smart phone. It’s just sitting and thinking. To me, being nude, accentuates this process.
I find nudity to have many facets to it. On one hand, it can be exciting, fun, and exhilarating. But it can also be relaxing, enriching, and contemplative. From my earliest nude experiences, often times I just enjoyed being nude and thinking about things.
I suspect this is part of why naked yoga has developed such a following. In a nude state, some people feel more centered and free. It isn’t the running through the fields, arms and legs flapping about, screaming “I’m naked and free”. It’s more inwardly focused, strengthening your spirit. For some, me included, being nude makes that more possible. I find nude time helps me cut through stress and worries. I’m very comfortable being nude. As I’ve said before, I don’t feel any shame or embarrassment, even if I’m the only person nude. Instead I feel pride. Pride in what I’ve accomplished in discovering this joy. For the Survivor fans out there, it’s kind of like discovering an immunity idol. I know I can’t lose…I can’t be voted out. I’m safe.
When I’m in this state, and feeling pride, self assurance, and centered, it’s incredibly enriching. Suddenly the impossible doesn’t seem so difficult. The challenges we all face don’t seem insurmountable. The positives, the good….they seem more colorful, more accessible, more powerful. The challenges don’t go away. But maybe they are just a little more….doable.
This is part of why I like my weekend quiet nude morning cup of tea. The hustle and bustle of the day hasn’t caught up to me yet. TVs are off. Computers are off. Phone is away. Just me, my nudity, the morning, and my tea. Perfect.
“Thinking Naked” — powerful, enriching, buoying. Is it part of your life? Tell me what you think.