Dear reader, Before you read on: sit back. Relax. Become aware of yourself, your body – be it dressed or clothes-free – and your surroundings.
How does it feel to just ‘be’? Like now, when you’re not doing very much apart from reading? Do you ever take the time to contemplate that? If not, take a moment now. If you want you can close your eyes and just ‘feel’. Experience who you are, where you are, and especially what you feel? If you are clothed, do you feel them?
Did you feel your clothes? If you did then why do you have them on? Is it cold where you are? If yes then I fully understand. Being cold is no fun. If no, then why are you wearing these clothes? Because it’s how it’s supposed to be? Because you own them? If you own your clothes then you should be their master. If you feel you have to wear them then your clothes are your master.
The feeling of naked.
I never feel I must wear clothes just because “I own them”. I put them on when I feel cold, or when I have to go out where I would rather not cause problems in this world I can’t understand, where violence and other extremities are just fine but where a simple, harmless nude body is considered the worst thing one can encounter.
I enjoy the feeling of naked. The feeling of air on my skin and nothing else.
If I am going to feel anything else it should be what I encounter. Sunshine for instance. That’s something wonderful to feel.
The feeling of nature.
That is another wonderful feeling. The feeling of nature, of becoming one with the outside world that many people don’t even know any more. (And isn’t that a pity?)
Whenever I am walking outside in my preferred state and I encounter something I don’t have in my house, I like to touch it. Like the tree on the left. No tree in my house, but… have you ever stood naked against a tree? Felt its strength and roughness? Try it some day.
That tells you something about nature and who has the real power.
People think they have power because of the tools and machines etcetera, but take away all that and you will see where the real power is. And what better way to understand that than being naked among all that power. Feel it, savour it, and take the feeling home with you. And then, at times when you are busy, stressed and in need of something to put you back on your feet, at such a time find a quiet spot somewhere, take off your clothes and go back to that feeling of power, the feeling of nature that you experienced that day outside.
But what when people see me?
I understand that question. The world is a crowded place. But many people are crowd people and through that you can sort of predict when they will all be inside. (Not all, but many at least.) For instance during major sports events on television. You can be quite certain that not as many people are outside as there usually would be. That is the time. Go outside. Find a spot that is silent. Experience nature. And you don’t have to do this for an hour. A minute is already a big step. And then find more spots. More minutes.
You’ll find that it will become easier to locate good places, places where hardly anyone goes. Those are your places. There is no need for spots of incredible beauty. All you need is a place outside where you can feel safe when you lay off the restraints of your clothing.
If you feel uncertain it will help if you don’t wear too much nor anything complicated. Wear something you can take off and put on easily and quickly.
Over time you will feel more confident when you learn the places and times that are safe for such trips. Again, you don’t need hours outside. If you can do that then you are a lucky person. A lot of people already have problems finding a good spot somewhere outside to try this.
A small journey.
Now read the following short piece and please try to do the exercise. If possible do it naked.
Close your eyes.
Imagine you are in a forest.
There are no human sounds, just birds singing, leaves rustling.
A soft, warm breeze touches your skin.
Behind you is a big rock. You can turn around to look at it and how the sun warms it.
Step back a little bit, so you lean against the warm stone. Feel the warmth enter your back, as the sun warms you from the front.
You are touching nature now. Being a part of it.
Stand here for as long as you want.
Then step forward, keeping the sensation of leaning against the rock in your mind.
And open your eyes again.
‘Being’ once more.
Now, dear reader, sit back and relax. Examine how you feel. Close your eyes if you have to, and become aware of yourself, your body, your surroundings.
Do they feel differently now? Is there a bit more nature where you are now?
I hope so.