Monthly Archives: April 2016
The weather has turned cooler for the past few days and it looks like it will stay that way for the next few days. I will soon be off to visit my American grandchildren and will be gone from home for almost a week. While I am there I will be picking up an order of books so that they can be sold in Canada. I save a bit of money and that means more money for the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre. It all counts.
I have somehow found myself writing again, but not on the novel as I had expected. I have decided to revisit my psychology series and have them formatted and expanded so that they can join the other books at Amazon on their bookshelves. The old version of the books done with a photography book publisher were much too expensive to even consider buying for most people. Presenting them as second editions allows me to have the books be better and bigger, but also significantly cheaper in the process. That said, I haven’t given up on the novel. I will continue writing it, just a bit slower and hopefully more thoughtfully.
It’s a cool morning in Red Deer where I am visiting my son and his family. When I stepped outside to check weather conditions, it was 2 C. with a light breeze making it feel like -1 C. I was surprised that it actually didn’t feel all that cold. I was the only one up at that point having just made coffee.
It wasn’t long before the others woke up and I found myself back in clothing. I love being naked, but I am comfortable being clothed around others when it makes life so much simpler. Let’s face it, we live in a world where most people interact with the world with their clothes on for a variety of reasons. For most people, it is simply the “normal” way of being in the world. They aren’t wrong for feeling this way, for in the larger picture of the human species, being covered is the norm. That said, it also isn’t wrong for me to be clothing free.
There is no right way or wrong way in spite of what various groups try to convince us. If there is a right way, it is decided on a personal level of one person. Any attempt to control others in terms of wearing or not wearing clothing is the real issue. Simple nudity that is simply being present in the world, is not the real threat that so many worry about. Rather, it is the issue that the nudity has control objectives that are aimed at others – a sexual agenda or other power agenda. One has to examine one’s motive for reacting to the nudity of another person, or one’s own nudity. Therein lays the answers.
Yes, today I am driving to visit more of my family and so will not have an opportunity to write, so this post was prepared in advance so that you can have something to read about Earth Day from a naturist’s perspective. First off, naturism includes nature. Nature includes the air, earth, water, the elements of weather, plants, animals, and the unadorned basic human – naked. Putting on clothing, engaging in activity that requires one to be distant from the primary forms of nature eats away at one’s soul as a human.
One can be nude, working in an office in the middle of the city with central air conditioning and central heating working with technology, and still be a naturist for nature doesn’t exclude man-made environments. Everything comes from nature. Everything shares the same building block components at the quantum level. Naturism is is a state of mind that is open rather than oppressively bounded by walls, ideologies, fears, anger, and hate. Somehow nature in its primal form allows those negative factors to be eased enough so that a human can breathe with a fullness that is otherwise constrained.
In today’s photo, I show a human body in full contact with the earth, feet in direct contact with the ground and body in direct contact with the air. It is a celebration of freedom to do and be authentic. I truly hope that you find your opportunities to be free, clothing free, and in direct communion with our Mother Earth.
Kintsugi is a Japanese term that talks about repair – and treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. As the image shows, we can think of Kintsugi in terms of how a human becomes broken and finds him or herself in need of “repair” or healing.
My book, The Healing of a Broken Man, addresses this very idea. In my case, the breakage began at a very early age and continued for many years until I escaped my birth home to build a home of my own. For the years that followed, with eyes peeled forward and never seeing what lay behind me, no one in my life as an adult had any notion that I had broken apart as a child and youth like some Humpty Dumpty. Even I “forgot” about the past. However, with the onset of midlife, the past came roaring back and I again found myself cracked and falling apart.
With the work of therapy, analysis, meditation, physical exercise, being loved unconditionally; I had found a psychological paste or glue with which to weld the pieces back into place. Like the image, that glue was finished off with a coating of gold, in my case, naturism. I have turned to a life of balance, perhaps for the first time in my life. I encourage you to get a copy of my book and see that the nursery rhyme has it all wrong – Humpty Dumpty can be put back together again.
It has been some time since I last wrote up a post that talked about life and naturism in general. After spending so much time in Mexico writing my latest book and with the past two weeks focused on visiting family and getting the book published, I haven’t had the opportunity [read mind space] to authentically engage here. Well, that is starting to change. I will still be very busy as I travel first to the west-north-west to visit one of my children and his family, and then south-east to visit one of my daughters and her family. The travelling will be around 3000 kilometres in all over the next two and a half weeks beginning on Friday, Earth Day.
I have scheduled posts for Thursday and Friday so that there will be some momentum put into operation. Thursday’s post will feature the opening pages of a new work, a novel that follows up the story begun in the novel, A Small Company of Pilgrims. I had already begun this book before heading to Mexico at the start of the year, but I have decided to begin the story as if it was seamlessly following the first novel. I would love to hear your responses to the opening. Naturism and nudity will become a vital component of the story, but always in appropriate places for the story line. If I had to characterise the story, it would be psychological, naturist fantasy. For those of you who have read the novel, you will know what I mean about the “fantasy” component.
Friday’s post will focus on Earth Day, something that is very important to me. I celebrate Earth Day as many days of the year as I can as a naturist or while wearing clothing. The earth needs us to care. As for other topics to come, that will be a surprise for both of us, you the reader and me the writer of the posts.
Today’s photo was taken just before I wrote this post, a scene from my garden here on the Canadian prairies. For a few days, at least, we are able to be comfortably nude outdoors, celebrating sunshine and whatever else is important to us.
The book is finally published and available for people to read. It is the third and final book in the Healing the Soul, Skyclad series. And as with all the other books in the series, the profits from the book will be given to the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre in Calgary which works to assist youth who have been sexually abused, as well as to work to make our adult world more vigilant in protection of our youth.
Human nature being what it is, sexual abuse will not disappear. Yet, by breaking the silence, we can allow those who are abused to find a way to receive healing in various ways. Those who are abused as youth, regardless of whether that abuse was sexual, physical, or emotional [think of abandonment as an example], the child is traumatized.
Somehow, our society only recognizes the soldiers who suffer trauma. PTSD has become recognized as being a condition that cripples the psyche. Yet intense trauma is also experienced by Emergency Response teams, nurses, policemen, and firemen. But what about the women who are raped and battered? What about the children who miraculously survive abuse without committing suicide? Too often we respond with “forget about the past and get on with life” for these children who have become broken adults. We need resources to help children, and the children who have survived into adulthood if we are to ever reduce the incidences of abuse in the future.
Buy the book and support a vital cause. The print version of the book is found at: https://www.createspace.com/6166654 – the eBook version is available through Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Healing-Broken-Man-Along-Skyclad-ebook/dp/B01ECWK8AI?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0