I’ve been getting really comfortable in my own skin for a while now. I’m less and less challenged by my own nakedness, and I’m talking bodily here. Boldly and baldly stated, I like the way I look naked. I’m not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. I’m almost 50, I’ve had four kids, no cosmetic surgeries of any kind, and yet, I look good, and, more importantly, I feel even better.
I’m not going to lie, yoga has made me a lot leaner and stronger in mind, body and spirit. I’m very grateful for it. But it goes beyond that; there’s been a significant shift in me and the way in which I really see myself that has allowed me to embrace my own desire to be naked. I know of no other way to state it than I want to reveal myself to myself completely and unabashedly in this open and unguarded fashion.
And this positive acceptance of me as me in my body extends itself, quite obviously, to the way in which I approach and engage in all of the relationships in my life. I’m not worried about being naked in any of them either. I’m comfortable with my thoughts and feelings. I know that I come from a sincere and loving place and the desire to express that care and compassion is right at the surface for me. I want people in my life to see it and experience it as an earnest reaching out, an eagerness to expand and connect; a desire to transform in love.
It’s a muscle I work, this active participation in a genuine acceptance of my own nakedness. I lie around naked on the cruise liner when I’m alone at night (reads a little kinky, I know, it honestly isn’t)! I try to look people in the eye and tell them how I feel, especially those people that I care about, every single day. I also pray and meditate daily; and I’m even sometimes naked when I do that as well! (All four of my kids have completely left the building now).
It’s all more than ok. In fact, being naked, or rather, being me in my own nakedness has proven to be the most profound spiritual practice I have cultivated in a long long time. I plan on continuing it as I genuinely feel freer, lighter even, and in some strange way able to radiate my own incandescent aura as a result of my surrender to it.
So, go on, give it a try. It can change your life; it definitely has mine, for the way way better. I highly recommend it!