Waiting to be Outside and Warm

Waiting to be outside and warm.

Waiting to be outside and warm.

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.

Waiting to be Outside and Warm

Waiting to be outside and warm.

Waiting to be outside and warm.

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.

The Problem of Trying to Control Others

Morning coffee.

Morning coffee.

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.

The Problem of Trying to Control Others

Morning coffee.

Morning coffee.

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.

Earth Day On The Road

Working in the garden.

Working in the garden.

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.

Earth Day On The Road

Working in the garden.

Working in the garden.

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.

Putting the Pieces Together Again

Kintsugi - putting Humpty Dumpty back together again.

Kintsugi – putting Humpty Dumpty back together again

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.