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,

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Less (clothes) is more (joy)

I recently became curious about the minimalist movement. Having moved house recently, it became obvious we’ve accumulated far too much useless stuff. While we were packing, we started to sort things and furnitures we wanted to keep and things we wanted to sell or give. We ended giving/selling almost half of our possessions. This was a great feeling. I however feel we can probably still halve what we have. Of course, I related this practice of cleansing your possessions with naturism.

Minimalists claim they have more space, time and freedom, which I agree fully. I recently bumped into 11 surprising things about becoming a minimalist. While reading the post, my mind could not think about how this ties almost perfectly to naturism, and make those 11 things, the 11 surprising things about becoming a naturist:

1. You will be friendlier. It’s something every new naturist discovers immediately: naturists are generally friendlier.

2. Silence is more appealing. Respect is an important aspect of naturists. Naturists having generally a high respect for nature, silence becomes something that we (re)discover.

3. You’ll make better decisions. For sure, about who to befriend and where to go on holidays. Your choices are less, but if you put nudity as the first criteria, you’ll end up more satisfied by your decisions.

4. Happiness becomes a decision. Happiness is a decision and being naked makes your happier (at least for me).

5. You can go without. Clothes, of course!

6. Live a healthier lifestyle. You have a better understanding of your body and its needs. It seems because of this acute awareness, nudists tend to live a healthier lifestyle.

7. You can buy when you are ready. Clothes, of course! And the later you are ready, the better.

8. Simple is sexy. Every body is beautiful! Although naturism is not tied to sexiness, I believe simple nudity is sexy.

9. You can be more confident. Body confidence and therefore our own confidence increases when we have nothing to hide.

10. Develop a personal style. Naked, you have nothing to hide and your body speaks for you.

11. You can be open to uncertainty. Sharing your nudism brings an additional layer of confidence and nothing’s certain when you share this with others. Embrace uncertainty!

I start to better understand why minimalism is appealing: It shares the same values as naturism. If for minimalists, less is more, for naturists, less is more too: less clothes is more joy!

As I started this post on sharing how I gave/sold lots of stuffs while moving houses, I can now give half, if not more, of my clothes. I will continue to unclutter my life and house, to keep only the possessions that bring joy, and for sure, less clothes brings more joy, no clothes bring happiness!

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A new scientific study shows that participation in naturist activities predicted greater life satisfaction

Naturists are happier! We have heard or read this sentence often. The feeling of people being more relaxed, more friendly, more smiling in a naturist environment is something that every naturist has experienced. A recent scientific study has proven this and more. Here’s the abstract of it:

« Body image dissatisfaction is a serious, global problem that negatively affects life satisfaction. Several claims have been made about the possible psychological benefits of naturist activities, but very little empirical research has investigated these benefits or any plausible explanations for them. In three studies—one large-scale, cross-sectional study (n = 849), and 2 prospective studies (n = 24, n = 100) this research developed and applied knowledge about the possible benefits of naturist activities. It was found that more participation in naturist activities predicted greater life satisfaction—a relationship that was mediated by more positive body image, and higher self-esteem (Study 1). Applying these findings, it was found that participation in actual naturist activities led to an increase in life satisfaction, an effect that was also mediated by improvements in body image and self-esteem (Studies 2 and 3). The potential benefits of naturism are discussed, as well as possible future research, and implications for the use of naturist activities. »

You can read the complete study here. This is a great rational testament to naturist activities. We all, naturists, know that being naked carries a feeling of freedom, respect for others and helps to be more body positive. And now, this comprehensive study proves the point. Naturism helps to get happier. Is there any reasons not to try?

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Why are nudists such friendly people?

Another great post by Naked Wanderings. I like the tribe idea, which goes well along the one that Seth Godin is describing. Naturists from a kind of a tribe, which assembles itself by share nudity. However, I think naturists and nudists are more friendly because they are more accepting of differences.

Human beings come in various forms, shapes and colors. However, the image that is carried by the media is almost always that of the perfect body. Go to any nudist beach or resort and you will see humanity in its entirety, far from the perfection that is shown on the media. And this is a commonality among nudists. They do not laugh at people because they are different, they accept them. They do not frown at differences, they respect them.

Naturists are accepting everybody and every body, this is what makes, in my opinion, this secret sauce that makes naturists more friendly than any other group of people.

Enjoy the post from Naked Wanderings: Why are nudists such friendly people?

6 Things I Learned While Being Naked In Public for 2 Weeks

Why naturists are naturists? Because they feel good naked. However, it’s always difficult to explain this wonderful feeling and lifestyle with words and ideas. The best way to understand what naturism is is to go a naturist resort/beach and strip naked. Generally, very quickly you feel good if not great and wonder how you could have lived with clothes all those years.

The title of this post comes from an article written by a non nudist. I generally love those article because they are the best to promote what naturism is about to the public. This one goes a little bit deeper than usual post because it’s written by a young woman doing here senior thesis on nudism as a culture. She has chosen to spend two weeks on a naturist resort and interview naturists, « who came to share the joys of being naked », to better understand naturism. She shares her observations in a candid and objective way I think (although, yes, if you read comments to the post, she sometimes offer her observation in a way that could be misinterpreted, but hey, everybody is free to have an opinion, IMHO). So before you go a jump reading Sara’s post, what are the 6 things she learned?

  1. Clothes are important. They show to the world what we want it to see and the way we judge people unconsciously. Once you are naked, socioeconomic, career and education differences vanish. Naked, you cannot « judge » people by their clothes. Simple and powerful!
  2. No one cares what you look like. Just the better feeling you can have when you step in a clothing optional area. I love this sentence: « Clothes really did start to feel like a costume I was putting on to present myself to the outside world. » And I would add that if anybody care about what you look like, they will not show or tell, because this is how thing goes in a naturist environment. For the first timers, the realization comes pretty quickly and never ever disappears.
  3. Bodies are bodies. And they are just that, but society wants us to believe differently. Love this quote: « It is the importance we place on our bodies, and the meaning we attach to them that does more harm than good. » All is said. For generations, people have sexualized our bodies. Once you consider private parts as « normal » parts, bodies become what they are just: bodies.
  4. An ode to pubic hair. I believe in freedom of choice. Shave, wax, trim or do nothing. The choice is yours and should not be dictated by fashion magazine. Like jewelery, do what makes you feel good.
  5. The big Five-Oh. Because of gained confidence, age does not seem something horrible that you should fear. To the opposite! In a naturist environment you will find older and younger people chatting together, playing together, having a drink together in a total mutual understanding. Respect and confidence play a big role in our happiness!
  6. We do not need to fear each other. This is probably the most important part of the article when it comes to looking at society and comparing it to a naturist environment. Particularly because the author of the post is a young woman used to threats and violence that women are exposed to. But in the 2 weeks she spent naked on the nudist farm she never felt threatened, while from a non naturist standpoint, a naked woman can be seen as a focal point. But no, not in a naturist environment. And I leave you with this quote: « What these two weeks on the farm taught me was that violence, especially sexual violence, has absolutely nothing to do with the victim. »

All in all, a wonderful article, describing simple and powerful ideas about the joy of naturism.

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My First Time At A Nudist Resort

What can we expect more that those kind of articles that stands as an epiphany for the naturist lifestyle? This post from Abigail Moss on Refinery29 titles My First Time At A Nudist Resort is more that a just a story of a first timer, it’s a great testament to what naturism is about. Here are some exceprt I really liked:

  • « I am not a naturist, I suppose is what I’m saying. Or, at least, I wasn’t, until a couple of weeks ago. » Well, when the article finishes with « Next summer, we’re going back. » I bet Abigail is now a naturist, particularly with the below.
  • « I took the shorts off and nobody looked, nobody pointed, nobody laughed. Obviously not. Everyone else was naked too. » And yes, this is the first « surprise » of any non naturist visiting a naturist resort, naturists don’t see naked people, they just see people who happened to be naked. Respect is probably the number one value among naturists, and nakedness is definitely shared.
  • « On a beach, being naked just makes good practical sense. No swimsuit for sand to get all caught up in, no tan lines to worry about. » All is said.
  • « And once you’ve been naked on a beach, why not at a bar, or in a corner shop, or a swimming pool? » Yes, this is the beauty of feeling well naked and being with naturists, it just becomes the new normal. It’s actually quite strange how it becomes so natural quickly. No t-shirt, no pant, just you!
  • « We’re all just people. Various sizes and shapes and levels of hairiness and wrinkliness and tan, but, basically all the same. » Yes, this is the second « surprise » from non naturist: body acceptance, oneself and others. You may be surprised the first times, then do not pay attention to it anymore, we are just human beings and feel great to be among people who are not making a statement by wearing so and so clothes.
  • « Being naked, I realised, doesn’t expose you at all – it makes you anonymous and equal. » This is a huge discovery and probably the most important ones, as it explains why our body is not sexual by nature, we have sexualized it over time. Gaining our freedom back to be naked makes us better, I think.
  • And the last: « Flying home to headlines and TV reports filled with hatred and division, there’s something very comforting in having discovered a place where people are just people. » Naturism is the best lifestyle I know, the one that makes people who they truly are, just human beings who aspire to a good life.

Share this article among your non naturist friends and you may convert them to naturism. They may join you to your next club meeting or naturist holidays. It’s said nakations are the best vacationsm and it’s even better with good friends!

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4 reasons to meditate naked

naked-meditationIf you already practice meditation, you probably embrace the numerous benefits of it. If you have not already done so, I invite you to take off all your clothes and start meditating entirely naked. Here are four reasons it will enhance your experience.

1. No compressing elastic at the waist

Even though you may wear a lose yoga pant, the strap at the waist will compress a little and will limit the free flow of chi, your vital energy. It’s subtle, but I always feel it, and if I have to wear pants, my attention is focused on this feeling of the strap encircling my waist. So better get rid of it. This is although true for bras for women. Get rid of them for your meditation.

2. All your skin is breathing freely

One of the common way to start meditating is to focus your attention on your breathing. What I’ve been taught when I began meditating is to imagine your entire body is breathing, every inch of your skin. When you are naked, you can feel the air around you and imagine it penetrate your skin. I generally start with legs, then arms, belly, torso, back, neck and head. Just imagine the chi penetrating your skin from the sun and the surrounding air.

3. You can feel the earth beneath you

Whether you meditate sitting or lying, without clothes on, your body is in direct contact with the couch, the bed or the floor. You can focus your attention on those contact points and feel them on your bare skin. With this, you gain a better understanding on this wonderful enveloppe of yours that is your skin.

4. Once tried, adopted

Once you start meditating, you can feel the benefits rapidly. Once you start meditating naked, you will quickly feel so good in your own body that you will not want to wear anything than your birthday suit. It’s difficult to describe the feeling of freedom and relaxation of meditating naked. If you can, try meditating naked in nature, in your garden or in a forest. This will increase more the quality of your meditation, of course if you are in complete security and do not fear to be seen.

Meditation is a simple practice that takes just a few minutes of your day but can bring so much to the quality of your life that it would be a pity not to embrace it. Naked meditation brings the practice to another level, by opening a new level of feeling of freedom and regaining the senses through our skin. It does not require much, just stripping off entirely and enjoying intensely the moment.

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Are naturists hedonists?

I came across naturism and hedonism through a conversation with friends about why I am a naturist. And one of my answers was because I was feeling good naked, actually feeling even better than clothed. So the discussion went over the fact that actually naturism was a form of hedonism. Let’s go over both words, as the definition in Wikipedia:

Naturism, « or nudism, is a cultural and political movement practicing, advocating and defending social nudity, most but not all of which takes place on private property. The term may also refer to a lifestyle based on personal, family and/or social nudism. »

Hedonism « is a school of thought that argues that pleasure is the primary or most important intrinsic good. A hedonist strives to maximize net pleasure. »

Actually, when we go a little bit deeper into the article on naturism, we find the following: « At one end of the spectrum are the nudists who just enjoy a nude life style, and at the other are the naturists, who have deeply held beliefs and see communal nudity as just one of many important principles. » And this I think provides partially the answer to our question.

Some naturists are purely hedonists, just being naked for the pleasure it provides (non sexual nudity). Some naturists are social and political nudist, being naked for what it represents as a philosophy. This is why you have luxury naturists resorts, and some more rustic. That you have people wearing jewelry or tattoos, and others seeing them as opposite to the philosophy of naturism.

Actually, many naturists, but may be not all, follow the accepted definition of the International Naturist Federation: « 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 ». Whether you are hedonist and are seeking to maximize your pleasure or are a nature lover and are seeking to get closer to nature by being naked, you are a naturist. Self-respect and respect are, at least for me, the most important aspects of naturism.

By tagging naturists with labels like hedonism, we limit the power of naturism. Diversity is a gift of nature, the more naturists, the better. So naturists may be hedonists, but not all are. However, pleasure is an element of happiness, so if being naked makes you happy, so be it!

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It doesn’t stop. How nudity keeps being linked to sex and worse – porn

In this article, the author, Paul, claims that « nudity and sex aren’t the same thing », which is entirely logic for most nudists/naturists. He writes as well « we [naturists] fight an uphill battle because many porn mongers pretend to be naturists and nudists while spreading their mess all over the Internet, giving us a bad name. »

It’s true that naturism and porn are often associated. I do not feel they are associated by default, but by the fact that mostly society equates nudity to sex, and therefore creates a « natural » link between porn and naturism. Now, I think, porn has became more and more mainstream, easily (too easily) available over the internet and thus reinforcing the association with nudity.

Having said this, porn has become an industry, a very profitable one. And like guns and tobacco, we all know it’s bad, but it’s fascinating and brings juicy profits. So, in the name of freedom, with regulation, people should be free to carry their activities.

So in the named of our freedom to be naked, as naturists, the more we can do as Paul writes is to stand for who we are and keep « evangelising » that nudity is good, is healthy and is wonderful. Social nudity is probably one of the best activities, leading to a conscious state of nature that surrounds us.

So, I do not have an answer to how disassociate nudity from porn, but to continue being who we are and being naked as often as possible, as there’s nothing more harmless than a naked body standing peacefully.

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Happiness is Health and Naked Freedom

I spent a week holiday at home taking care of the house and garden. Although the weather has been somehow OK, with some nice sunshine, it has been fairly cold, in the 12 degrees Celsius (54 Fahrenheit) in the morning, going up to 19 (66 Fahrenheit) during the day, with a cold northerly wind. Although I stayed as naked as possible, temperature did not always allow it, and I used to wear my polar fleece jacket more that I would have wanted, particularly in the morning and the evening.

However, beyond some shopping that required clothing, most of my week was spent naked, including some hikes. And this made me realize once again that nakedness is freedom. I heard that happiness is health and freedom. I add that freedom for me is nakedness. I really feel better when I’m not wearing anything. Even when it was a little bit cold, I stayed naked if I was comfortable. The interesting factor is you get used to cold and pretty soon you can be comfortable naked in 15 degrees (59 Fahrenheit) while others are wearing pullovers, particularly when you are active.

Actually, when you are naked and it’s chilly, you tend to be more active, so that your body temperature adapts itself to get to that level of comfort where you feel good. Of course, moving from sun to shade sometimes makes you uncomfortable for a moment, but it’s incredible how you adapt quickly and after a moment, you do not really realize the change in temperature, since you feel so good. And this is the whole point I wanted to share. When you embrace naturism, you understand in your flesh that your body is a wonderful creation that does not require clothing.

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