What does it really change?

588026420_1280x720I was having a discussion with a bunch of friends about hiking and more specifically naked hiking. One of my female friend was really puzzled and asked this simple question: « but what does it change? You can walk wearing a light short and that should not change anything, so what does it really change to walk naked? » My answer was one word: « Everything! »

Now I continued. « Have you ever skinny dipped? You know, just dropping your clothing and jumped into the water entirely naked? How did it feel? ». The answer was of course it felt great not only because of the feeling of the water over her naked body, but also because it was kinda… forbidden. True, first timer feels going over the border and it creates this adrenaline-induced feeling of transgression.

« Now, » I continued, « if you get to go on a nudist beach and get naked to tan and swim, you will not feel anymore, quite quickly actually, this feeling of transgression. What will remain though is this feeling of well-being. This is exactly what naked hikers are experiencing too. »

« Yes, I get that » my friend said, but it does not change much if you are wearing a swimsuit or nothing, does it? »

naked_hiking« Well, » I replied « you may argue it does not change much for you, and I would agree because I am not you. However, having the feeling a wet suit on your body is not the best sensation ever. Like having the feeling of fabric of a short on your sweating skin. I understand it’s not for everybody, and going beyond the feeling or shame or transgression is a personal journey, but I think you get it, don’t you? »

And this was almost the end of the discussion. It’s very difficult for non nudist to understand what nudism/naturism is about. Nudity being a bad thing, tied to sexuality, is so engrained in our society that it creates all kind of reaction in non nudists. On the journey to become a nudist, you generally go through those strange feeling and questions whether nudity is bad or good. Even for people raised in nudist families, they may go through those questions and feeling as they grow old. This is why being surrounded by like-minded people, goind to nudist beaches and resorts help a lot. It helps as well to get confronted to people who question nudism, as it makes others think about it. The more we talk about it, the better, as we can bring more people to nudism.

So, in the end, what does it really change to hike naked or to wear just a light short? Well, for naturists, it changes everything. The feeling of freedom is uncomparable. No fabric on your skin, your body entirely breathing, and the well-being it generates are just difficult to describe as they are to be lived. So yes, it may not change anything for a majority of people, and I respect this. This should not prevent us to explain that we are better hiking naked, that there’s nothing wrong with it and we can hike together with clothed people as diversity makes the world richer!

Get naked, stay naked, live naked and share the naked love!

4 other good reasons to be nude!

Here are another set of four good reasons to be nude more often provided by Cypress Cove Nudist Resort, following the first four they provided.

5. You don’t have to stress out about what to wear
6. It’s easier to move freely and have full range of motion
7. Social nudism can be healing, improving body image and self-esteem
8. C’mon! Almost everything is more fun when you’re naked! Even golf!

What are your good reasons to be nude?

 

What does being nude mean to me?

what-does-being-nude-mean-to-me-1-11Here’s a great post from The Nude Blogger: What does being nude mean to me? It’s simple, respectful and full of good sense. If you follow social networks news, you may have heard about the nude blogger, as Jessa’s Instagram account was suspended then reactivated after an uproar of her followers. A great win for body positivity advocates accross the world.

In the What does being nude mean to me article, Jessa goes through her own feelings and sensations. Of course, it’s aligned with how most of us perceive nudism and naturism: freedom. Freedom from the dictatorship of brands. Freedom from the dictatorships of labels. Freedom from materialism. Pure freedom!

However, what resonated very well with me was this sense of vulnerability. I wrote about vulnerability after watching Brené Brown’s TED talk. I think vulnerability is an important aspect of nudism. As we strip down from our clothes, we are exposing to the world who we are. We cannot hide behind conventions anymore. And by exposing ourselves, we become more receptive to others, to the surroundings, to nature.

It’s very difficult to express this sensation of complete vulnerability that leaves us in a complete state of receiving. To quote Jessa:

We are left with this air of vulnerability, something so truthful.

what-does-being-nude-mean-to-me-2-21In the post I encourage you to read, she goes around what vulnerability does for us and for our soul. I hope you will enjoy the post as much as I had because it resonates well with why I believe naturism is an awesome lifestyle, particularly at that time of the human history, clogged with ridiculous expectations, pressure and artficial needs. Of course, we should not become incredulous optimists, but we should strive at making this world a better place, and nudity can surely help!

Get naked, stay naked, live naked and share the naked love!

Note: both pictures of the above post come from the Nude Blogger’s post.

The art of nude hiking

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Take a famous brand of sports gear, Columbia, take a great outdoor activity, hiking, mix this with nudism, and you get an article on the art of nude hiking on the Columbia’s blog. It’s just awesome! Here are their 9 tips for hiking nude:

  1. Protect your feet. Walking barefoot on rocky track is not really neither comfortable nore secured. Good hiking shoes are required. However, if you want the ultimate experience in nude hiking, Vibram Five Fingers will become your best friends. I talked about using them for running, and some models are just great for hiking!
  2. Nudist Welcome. Pick a spot where you can extend your nude hiking experience, by going to a nudist resort or B&B. You may find other nudists to go and walk with you. Nude hiking is much funnier with a group of like-minded people.
  3. Avoid the public. If simple nudity is not forbidden in most places, it can anoy some people. Be prepared to grab a cover up in case of encounter and do not shy away to start talking about your practice. I’m still surprised by the positive reaction you get from other hikers when you start talking about hiking naked.
  4. Study up poisonous plants. Without clothes you’re not protected. If you walk on a large track, there’s nothing to be scared of. However, if you are going offtrack or on narrow ones, be prepared to recognised the bad guys.
  5. Venture out early morning or evening. Less encounters, less sun too. And in warm days, much cooler!
  6. Stay hydrated. Your skin will thank you!
  7. Concealed carry. Although it’s awesome to be completely naked, a small backpack will carry your essential items and water!
  8. Safety in numbers. Group hike is always better and safer when naked.
  9. Celebrate. Hike naked everytime it’s possible (even in winter, with chilly weather it may be possible when the sun shines and you are walking at a good pace), and celebrate all hikes.

640385921_0a8a64a232_bHiking is a very healthy activity that anybody can do. Naked hiking is really stitching a lifestyle, nudism, and a healthy activity, hiking. It’s, personnally, one of my preferred activities up to a point that it’s very difficult to hike with any kind of clothes on, once you have tried naked hiking. So it’s great this form of hiking is recognized by one of the major brands of hiking gears of the planet! We need to continue to spread the good news by driving more people to naked hiking, hike more naked, and talk about naked hiking to all our friends and family.

Get naked, stay naked, live naked and share the naked love!

4 good reasons to be nude

Here are four good reaons to be nude more often provided by Cypress Cove Nudist Resort:

  1. It feels good!
  2. It’s more comfortable!
  3. Swimming without the hassle of a bathing suit.
  4. It’s easier to move without the restriction of clothing.

All very good reasons to adopt the most incredibly awesome lifestyle: naturism!

Get Naked, Stay Naked, Live Naked and Share the Naked Love!

Some cool nudist pins

End of the holidays, continuation of naked living and putting naked assets in order. While rejuvenating my naked and happy boards on Pinterest, I bumped onto those quotes that I felt good about. I really loved this one:

Did I mention that I am completely Naked. Care to join me?

Why did I love it? Because naturism is to be shared. Yes being naked feels great. However, it’s feels even greater when you are surrounded with other like-minded naked friends.

I wish you all a great naked time with friends and family. And remember,

Get Naked, Stay Naked, Live Naked and Share the Naked Love!

Holiday time is over, naked time never ends

I’m back from holiday and ready to kick in some blogging time, as naked time never ends. I went through extensive naked time over this holiday period, including the visit of Olive Dell Ranch. And I’m happy to come close to have all my 2017 nudist resolution fulfilled (read the update here). What about you, my dear readers, have you spent naked time this holiday? Any new experience, resort, beach you visited in the buff? Share below, I love to read your comments!

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How to deal with voyeurs at the nudist beach

Imagine the following. You are quietly reading and tanning. The beach is big and almost empty, with very few people scattered around, each naturist enjoying the biggest possible space (and that is being 15 to 20 meters away from each other). Then all of a sudden, a man sets his towel at exactly 2 meters away from you and your spouse.

On the positive side, this person gets naked, so fits in. On the negative side, he stares at you, and more intensely at your spouse. This creates almost immediately an uncomfortable feeling.

This just occurred to us yesterday, as we were enjoying the nudist beach. It happened that we were actually about to leave, so the situation just accelerated our departure.

However, the question of voyeurs remain. I believe this guy was there to watch us, enjoying the naked beach. On the one side, since he was naked, he can enjoy the naked beach. He can watch people too as long as his attitude is not lewd. On the other side, by the place he chose, we felt watched. Did he voluntarily sat there to watch us, I do not know but it felt like this. So the question is how to approach this situation?

If we were not about to leave, I would have approached and asked this man why he sat 2 meters away from us where he could have any other places further from anybody? And I would have shared that we felt watched by him. What would you have done? I would appreciate your comments and ideas?

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Slowed activities – Naturist holidays have started!

Holiday time has arrived. Sun, no clothes and minimum connection… A few posts in July to keep the naturism spirit high, but with a slower cadence. Enjoy the sun, grab the opportunity to let go shorts, t-shirts and swimsuits. Trying nudism is adopting it! I wish you great holidays, in the nude of course!

Want Better Self-Confidence? Get Naked!

This is probably one of the best articles I’ve read on how to boost self-confidence by embracing nudism. Although this article focuses on getting comfortable in your own skin by sleeping naked or practicing yoga naked, it does not touch on social nudity.

However, embracing the naturist lifestyle by spending time with other naturists in the buff starts by getting comfortable with oneself. And on that, the article of Danielle Keating is spot-on.

Here are a few quotes from the article:

Not only is baring your skin natural, but going nude is also rich in both psychological and biological benefits.

If you work out alone, the best fit is nothing at all.

Self-love is attainable and can be obtained through nakedness, because when you strip down, your physical and mental health goes up!

One comment was insightful too, from a psychological point of view:

How empowering it is to do something that you may feel is a big deal and discover that you are fine.

It’s true that the first time you undress, you may feel uncomfortable, but growth comes from moving from comfort zone to un-comfort, so that your comfort zone increases. One additional point for the people who are definitely not familiar with nudity is to « unlearn » the relationship between sex and a nude body.

Society has been building this relationship for years by sexualizing heavily the human body. However, as any naturist know, nothing is further from the real truth. Being naked does not have to mean having sex. Being naked means accepting our own body and being comfortable with it. Once you are OK with that, you can move to the next step which is being social with your own nudity and with others.

You will find 10 Ways To Become Comfortable With Nudity on this blog. I sincerely think the above article will help you getting comfortable with your own nude body and will get you closer to become the naturist you can be. However, watch out! Naturism is very addictive. Once you try, you may never go back to being textile.

Get Naked, Stay Naked, Live Naked and Share the Naked Love!