Usually on a Sunday a blog post called Sunday Noon Nudist from author P.Z. Walker finds its way to my email inbox. Today I was grateful to find an additional gift, this contribution on the practical application of naturist philosophy. Since our newly announced mission statement “Giving life to naturism’s ideals and nudism’s practice” was in part inspired by Paul I am happy to share this contribution with you. Thank you Paul for your books and the way YOU so powerfully give life to naturist ideals and nudist practice – EarlD editor in chief clothesfreelife.com
How to live a philosophy?
Or: what to do with naturism when it comes to putting it into practical life?
Naturism according to Wikipedia:
According to the XIV Congress of the International Naturist Federation (Agde, France, 1974), naturism is: a way of life in harmony with nature characterised by the practice of communal nudity with the intention of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and for the environment.
That sounds wonderful. Harmony with nature. Great, that gives us a healthier environment. Communal nudity. Also good because that’s what we want, don’t we? Self-respect and respect for others. All the good things wrapped in one.
Understanding this philosophy.It shouldn’t be difficult to understand this philosophy. The words are there, they’re simple enough. Anyone can understand them. Still there is a pitfall when it comes to putting this idea into practice. Because how do you live in harmony with nature? It sounds simple, but does that mean you have to ditch your car? Get a bike and cycle everywhere? Plant a few forests each year? Hmm, that complicates things a bit, doesn’t it? And this communal nudity part, how would that work? Should we convince everyone in the street to go naked? That wouldn’t go down well, right? Or at least make everyone in the family take off their clothes at home? Do you see some resistance rising there?
What is a philosophy?
It’s good to have a look at what a philosophy actually is. I looked that up for you.
- the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline.
a particular system of philosophical thought.
- a theory or attitude that acts as a guiding principle for behaviour.
Even though some good people will disagree with me, I will state that naturism isn’t exactly a study of a fundamental nature of knowledge, so the first definition isn’t what we’re looking at. Feel free to disagree, I’m stating my view here. My philosophy.
This leaves us with definition 2. A guiding principle for behaviour. Now we’re getting somewhere. Living according to a philosophy is highly personal. Like naturism, also stoicism and druidry are philosophies. It is up to the individual how she or he wants to give that philosophy a practical presence in life.
Walking around in nature naked. Is that being in harmony with nature? Some will say yes. Some will say no. There is no right and no wrong here, it is a personal choice.
Building a tree house, living in a forest and swinging from tree to tree on long vines like a modern Tarzan or Jane, is that living in harmony with nature? Again that is up to you. If you want to and you can do it, go for it. Otherwise skip the idea even before it hits your mind.
So how do you live in harmony with nature? How do you go about communal nudity when (as we know) most of the community is against nudity? And the respect? Let’s look at them one by one.
Why that? Because that is where everything starts. If you don’t respect your own naked body, how can you respect other people’s nudity? Be accepting. Stand in front of your mirror naked and look at yourself. Agree that you’re good the way you are. Maybe not perfect, but good. If you want to become perfect (which is another philosophy) then first decide what ‘perfect’ means for you and set your mind to becoming that. Yes, it’s you who has to do the work here. That’s the bad thing about pursuing a philosophy: it means work.
But guess what: this is also where harmony with nature comes in. If you work towards being the best possible you, you are working to being more in harmony with your inner nature. Surprised?
You don’t have to go hiking naked every weekend to be in harmony with nature. If you can and want to, great. If you want to but can’t, keep looking for any opportunity, if only for half a mile. It’s in the little things. Look at what is possible for you. What is achievable. And also: look at what you feel comfortable with. Even walking barefoot over a lawn in the summer can count. Wear as little as you can get away with, get as close as you can without getting into trouble. Be nude in your home where you feel good and safe, which is part of your natural environment.
Third: communal nudity.
Of course this is the big one. Where do you find a community that appreciates the nude you?
Look for nude beaches in your area. That might be difficult if there are no beaches around. Then see if there is a naturist resort or club. Beware of the wrong kind of clubs though, too many imposters use the word naturist for something completely different.
If there is no such place around then look for saunas. Saunas have (at least where I live) the obligation to be naked, apart from specific days when the textile-driven crowd can come in, wearing their bathing suits. Go there, be naked, enjoy being among other naked people.
Find out how your family feels about nudism. You can be naked at home if they are not opposed. You could suggest clothing optional days. I understand that this can be challenging as nudity is still a big taboo connected with sex, but if you don’t try, you’ll never know.
Concluding the philosophy of naturism in life.
I know this post isn’t covering every little detail that would be possible for people to make naturism more part of their life. I hope you have found a few bits of inspiration and insight through it.
Naturism doesn’t mean you have to be naked in nature 24/7. It means that you should have, find or create the option to do so or do whatever you feel comfortable with while keeping the respect for other people’s opinions. Again, your family might object to you being naked. Respect that. In that case try to find other options for yourself. Think outside the box. Think outside the clothes.
Be nude when you can. Be happy when you can. I respect you for it.
PaulP.Z. Walker is a prolific writer, the author of many books that promote naturism and clothes free living through fiction including the Naked Crow series, Mirror Earth. His books can be found on Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble