To the religious naturist

Religion and naturism

Image result for religionYes, this is for the religious naturists, especially those who aren’t very certain if they can be naturists because of their religion.

First off let me make it clear that I am not religious.

I’m spiritual though.

Many doubts

When I read forums, articles and other bits and pieces I can’t help noticing that lots of religious people still have this worry in the back of their heads if they’re doing the right thing by leaving their clothes behind and going out in the nude.

It’s sad that this happens. Why this doubt? Your maker, creator, god, deity, name him, her or it, knows what you look like beneath those garments. After all, he, she or it created you, right? So why would it be a problem to go out in the attire your god handed to you?

Wikipedia has a page dedicated to christian naturism and also a page about nudity in religion which might be interesting for you to check out.

Creation

Another something to consider is that you are part of your god’s creation. A creation in which clothes weren’t part of the beginning (at least for the Adam and Eve part I am sure). They were naked in the garden of Eden.

In Virginia there’s a (rather controversial) church called White Tail Chapel. It’s located at the White Tail Resort. The pastor there, Allan Parker, invites everyone to come to his church the way they were born. Naked. And that is how he is too.

If you want to learn more about this remarkable place, have a look here.

For those not that interested, the website at http://www.naturist-christians.org might be interesting, though. It’s not difficult to find like-minded people if you take the trouble to wander around the Internet a little.

Don’t be afraid to be naked. It’s natural.

Convincing people to try a nude lifestyle. Why is it so hard?

Why is it so difficult to make people try a nude lifestyle?

Have you ever tried it? Have you ever seen the expression of absolute horror and disbelief that you even dare to consider something like that?

It seems that those two go hand in hand most of the time – and it’s getting worse lately.

I’ve been giving this some thought. (Sometimes I do that.)

The problem starts at birth.

As soon as a person is born, it’s wrapped in warm fabrics. That’s understandable because in that phase we don’t have the energy and body heat to sustain ourselves.

This however keeps happening. Hardly anyone gives this another thought. We have always been dressed, since ages (as far as memory goes back), everyone’s dressed now so we have to be dressed.

It’s kind of a genetic trait by now, or rather a genetic deficiency.

Habit, emphasised by the world at large.

Mental programming at its finest. That is the idea of having to be dressed all the time, even when swimming, which is ridiculous when you think about it. And I’ve seen younger people (at the gym) shower in their underwear. Seriously, what’s this world doing to people, messing up the minds of the younger generations?

I’ve mentioned air conditioners before. Those are perhaps the saddest reason for being dressed. When it’s hot you don’t take off your clothes to let your skin breathe. No, you do the technologically advanced thing and cool down the room around you to make yourself feel comfortable inside your clothing.

Things like this, promoted by the people in charge and stuffed inside your head through advertising, are the problem. Thinking outside the box is discouraged.

Most nudists and naturists I know have reclaimed that ability, either knowingly or subconsciously. They are aware of the benefits of the nude lifestyle. The ones who do this, who know this, will always run into problems trying to make other people see the benefits of this lifestyle we cherish. We know it’s good but the others don’t. They are caught inside their own world and consider us strange.

Nude by nature.

The odd thing is that people who won’t even consider naturism as something of this world will have naked animals around them. Fish don’t wear bathing suits, dogs and cats do fine without sweaters and long pants (although some people go overboard and dress those poor creatures up because it’s so ‘cute’). Those people have lost touch with nature. They have no clue any more that we are part of it and that nature-ism is entirely normal. Natural.

Breaking down the walls between their and our interpretation of normal is a lot of work. Still it’s worth the effort, otherwise the abnormally dressed will get too much power and influence and that might result in naturism becoming an even stranger lifestyle than most already consider it, or outlawed worldwide. We can’t have that.

Penultimate Day 2016

[Originally posted on my personal blog (http://mojoreisen.com/blog/?p=1866) on December 30, 2016]

Today is December 30, 2016, the penultimate day of the year, a day I review and contemplate the events of the year and, hopefully, set goals and intentions for the coming year.

It was another year in which I didn’t actively participate in social nudity. While I would have liked to have visited nearby venues or traveled northeast to hike Chautauqua Gorge, other things came up or the effort and expense didn’t seem worthwhile. Essentially, other things in my life took priority over getting naked with strangers. Will that change in 2017? I won’t even try to make a prediction. I suspect that getting naked with others will likely remain a low priority.

This year my financial situation changed drastically and I began reevaluating my memberships and subscriptions. Among the memberships that fell under the magnifying glass were my AANR and TNS memberships. Although I appreciate the work they do for nudism and naturism in general, I had to evaluate them from a more personal level. Was continued membership worth $50 to $60 each on the off chance that I might find my way to Cedar Trails, Paradise Gardens, or Sunshower Country Club for a day of social nudity? This year, I decided they didn’t. Maybe next year, I might chose one or the other.

In October I learned of the existence of a non-landed club, Dayton Warm Breezes, that’s practically in my back yard. I’ve made contact with them but, thus far, I have not been able to attend one of their events. The October swim would have been an ideal opportunity but it was canceled due to problems with the pool. The November and December events at member homes conflicted with other engagements. Their next swim is scheduled for mid-January. Maybe I can make it to that. In the meantime, my interest in joining fluctuates from one day to another. Getting naked with others, as much as I miss it, isn’t really a high priority these days.

Over the year, my ideas and attitudes about nudism and naturism have evolved. Actually, they’ve been evolving for several years but this year I really began to give it more thought and write more about it as can be seen in several of this year’s posts. Rather than reiterate them here, you can go back through the posts and read them yourselves.

One change I made to my blog was to only allow comments for the first 30 days after an article has been posted. It resulted in a significant reduction of spam comments. I might miss some legitimate comments but I figured that if no one commented within the first 30 days, I wasn’t likely to get any.

What does it look like for getting naked in 2017? To tell the truth, I haven’t a clue. I’ll continue to be nude when I can and I’ll continue to promote nudity as our natural state and advocate the legalization and decriminalization of simple nudity.

I still see the need for less anonymity and secrecy among nudists within nudist groups and in social media. As nudists and naturists, we proclaim that the unclothed human body is natural and decent and that being naked is not shameful, yet we insist on anonymity and secrecy in pursuing our clothes-free lifestyle or activities. People are naturally suspicious of any activity surrounded by anonymity and secrecy.

I think it’s about time we learned to live with the ever-present technology that nearly all us possess, namely mobile phones. Personal privacy has become a very rare and precious commodity. That’s a reality and we have to learn to deal with it. Banning mobile phones or any other device that might have a camera at nudist events and venues seems short-sighted and, ultimately, not very practical. Pictorially documenting my naturist activities as I would equivalent activities in a clothed environment shouldn’t be difficult or even impossible. Shouldn’t we have more trust, respect, and accountability among ourselves?

 

Sorry for getting up on my soapbox but those are but a couple of my frustrations with the current nudist paradigms.

The Facebook Frenzy

Facebook

a-man-poses-with-a-magnifier-in-front-of-a-facebook-logo-onWe all know it. We all love it, and as proper clothesfreelifers we all hate it too.

Facebook, founded by Mark Zuckerberg and originally named ‘The Facebook’, has been around since February 4th, 2004. (See Business Insider info.) The place is popular. Billions of users, lots of traffic.

The big gripe that naturists, nudists and other clothes-free people have against that site is: their confusing, changing, inconsistent and close to moronic attitude towards nudity.

Complainers

Lately I hear and see more and more people complain about the Facebook attitude towards nudity. Understandable, because they shove us out, leaving us no opening to show the world inside that place that nudity is not the same as sex, that nudity is actually a healthier way of life than being bundled up, suffocating your skin.

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The little mermaid

Did you know that Facebook once banned a photo of the Danish ‘Mermaid’ statue that resides in the Copenhagen (Denmark) harbour since 1913?

Their reasoning for banning the picture was ‘The Little Mermaid is simply too undressed for Facebook‘. Right. Artists should consider putting clothes on their works of art. (See Artnet for reference.)

This is just one occurrence where Facebook has gone mad. I need to add here that Facebook later turned back their decision, but the fact that this actually happened says something about the social media giant.

In the same way clothesfreelifers are forced to either cover up, mutilate their pictures by blurring them or stamping Facebook-logos over the ‘dangerous’ parts as not to shock the tender souls who reside there as well.

Product, not customer

Something that most people don’t seem to get about that site is that they are not customers. They are products. Facebook runs on advertising, selling stuff. They are there to make money of their visitors which makes their visitors their product line. contract

Before signing up with Facebook you can read their terms and conditions. No one does, but they state that Facebook rules are the law on Facebook, and no matter what you want to do against them, once you signed up you have to abide by those rules.

Clothesfreelifers who complain about Facebook’s inability to come to grips with the real world should understand this. There’s the link. Go read it. See what you signed up with. And then decide if you still want to be a part of that place or not. Facebook is a multimillion, maybe even multibillion giant. A few thousand people who like to be naked aren’t going to make such an entity falter by screaming at it. Find places where you can express yourself the way you want, like at ClothesFreeLife. On Twitter. On Tumblr. Get a free blog at WordPress or Blogger. Just don’t yap at something that’s not going to hear you.

Creative

Be creative in what you want to convey. There’s no need to constantly throw pictures of nude people all over the place – and certainly not on Facebook. Talk about what you do.

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P.Z. Walker on vacation.

Showing pictures can be nice. Showing pictures of pretty, young, fit, naked people can be nice. That however doesn’t cover the truth. Take off your clothes if you still wear them and look in a big mirror. Are you one of those pretty, young, fit, naked people? I am certain that at least 50% here will have to say no (or lie). I know I don’t count as one of them.

The blogs etc. that I mentioned are a great way to spout your feelings, express yourself, tell the world about your naked life. Write up posts. Put your pictures there (yes, your pictures!) and then dump a link to that post on Facebook. Experiment a bit with FB-posts, making them private, to see which images of your blog post will show in the preview. (The first image? The smallest image? The featured image?) You can use that knowledge, put a ‘safe’ image in the blog post, and then put the post out there for real.

Don’t scream that Facebook is limiting you. Facebook doesn’t care about that because you accepted their terms and conditions by signing up. Learn about their rules and find a way around them. Be creative. It can be done.

Alternatives

If you want to use social media to express yourself, there are other options besides blogs. There’s for instance ello.co which is for creative types. They have no problems with nudity (so far).

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I just learnt about a new social medium called MeWe.

They might be worth investigating so I created an account there (it’s free). You can find me there as Paul Walker. I have created a group called ‘Naturists and nudists’ there too. Let’s see!

 

Would you let your friends see you naked?

As Jaqui Dowling is the first to admit, it’s not been easy to cast off a lifetime of bodily inhibitions. Her first attempt, on a girlie holiday to Ireland when she was in her late 30s, ended in utter humiliation.
‘My friends persuaded me to go skinny dipping but then ran off with my clothes to the far side of the beach so I couldn’t grab my towel as soon as I came out of the water,’ she says.
‘I felt sick inside. Being naked around others was alien to me. My mother believed you had to be dressed before facing the world. I’d never even let my own children see me naked, let alone my friends. I felt as embarrassed at seeing their bodies as I did about revealing my own.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3835249/Would-let-friends-naked-s-idea-horrify-key-loving-body.html#ixzz4NAxveJo1
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Source: Would you let your friends see you naked?

Nourishing The Normalisation Of Nudity

One of the biggest grievances I have with the mainstream media industry, is its ever forceful input in the shaming of the unretouched, unclothed human body. Quite frankly, I think it’s about time that we sorted this shit out. What I do find shameful is that the normalisation of nakedness makes so many of us feel uneasy. Naked human bodies are nothing to be ashamed of in my book. At least, not any more. Not now that I’ve learnt to reject projected apparent norms of beauty and acceptability. I don’t find nipples (on a person of any gender) to be offensive and certainly not vulgar. Cellulite and stretch marks aren’t something that should be hidden if you ask me. Nor are scars, colostomy bags, baldness, physical impairments or tattoos. It’s abhorrent that anyone in a position of influence would perpetuate the idea that any of these physical traits are something to be embarrassed of. Why on earth are we taught to despise the physical characteristics which are a part of our own beautiful physicality?

Source: Nourishing The Normalisation Of Nudity – Huff Post Lifestyle UK

My Blooming

I didn’t choose nudity. I didn’t sit down and decide that here on out, I would prance naked, happily, in the sunshine, bathing almost in a sea of hedonistic euphoria. I simply followed a feeling, and I continue to choose this feeling, moment by moment – the feeling that always leads me here, enjoying the most intimate relationship, with my innermost being.

It wasn’t a long walk to freedom, but rather, a beautiful flutter. And the journey continues from flower to flower. I remember, as a child, pulling the petals off a hibiscus flower, lifting the septum, admiring the flower bit by bit. Examining, feeling amazed at how these little beauties, take their parts and just unleash such a beautiful spectacle into the sunlight, allowing, and enticing the birds and the bees to reproduce their beauty all over life’s gardens.

Such has been my experience, stripping myself, physically, mentally, spiritually, and treating myself as the wildflower that I am. Layer by layer, I peel away at my clothing, the walls that were mounted between me, and who I was taught that I was, hiding one from the other, I strip away at my ideals. I’ve found that at the very core, beneath the petals, the septum, the fluff, the roles, the costumes, I am love. We are love.

Facebook Slammed for Censoring Iconic ‘Napalm Girl’ Photo, Deleting Posts – NBC News

Facebook has been accused of censorship after it deleted posts from the page of a world leader.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Friday denounced Facebook for limiting freedom of speech after the social giant deleted a post on her personal Facebook page that showed an iconic Vietnam War photo of a naked girl running screaming from a napalm attack.

Source: Facebook Slammed for Censoring Iconic ‘Napalm Girl’ Photo, Deleting Posts – NBC News