Author: hontouniheart

naked soul reflections – seeing the other door

New episode of Naked Soul Reflections – “Seeing the Other Door” Link to audio on Spreaker: https://www.spreaker.com/user/clothesfreelife/naked-soul-reflection-seeing-the-other-d I found myself standing approaching the front entrance to my building, which has a set of double doors. A long stream of people was coming out of the left door. However, the person in front of me, instead of opening the door on the right to enter, stood waiting for the stream on the left to end. How often do we, in our lives, stand waiting for the drama/busyness on the left to end before taking action, when there might have been a door on the right that we could have opened all along? In this episode I touch on how clothes free life and clothes free camping have helped me see alternate doors in other areas of my life. This week I invite you to think  on three things: What is one thing/area in your life where you feel stuck? Is there another door? What can you draw on from your clothes free life that could help you …

naked soul reflection – textures of truth

In this episode of Naked Soul Reflection, I share some reflections that arose for me as I walked about barefoot on Sunday. Link to audio: https://www.spreaker.com/user/clothesfreelife/naked-soul-reflection-textures-of-truth Walking around barefoot reminded me of just how textured the world is. Usually, when I walk around in my shoes with a separation between me and the world, all I ever feel are is the texture of the shoe. I forget that ground, earth, floors change in character, temperature, texture, etc. Taking off my shoes reconnected me to a more honest reality. The real world is diverse in character. This also tied into a change in attitude I experienced about my body and my health. I thought my body was just this blob that, well, “This is just the way it is. Nothing I do is making a difference.” I thought it unresponsive, until I realized that I needed to change my perspective and approach. Once I did, my body began to shift and respond positively to the different foods I gave it, the increase in sleep, and the other adjustments …

wow: i’m here, i’m me

August 19-21, 2016 I found myself running around the hills and trees of Camp Ramblewood stark naked during Field Festival 2016. I was one of very few women who had opted to go nude at this clothing optional event. What’s more is that I was the only black woman who chose to bare much of anything. Black women wore the most clothing of all women present at that festival, even as other women of color experimented with going bare chested or completely nude. I find nothing wrong with one choosing to wear clothes. I believe that we all should have the right to choose how much or how little we want to wear and to be respected. And I should also note that I did not poll the women at the festival to ask them why they chose to wear what they wore. In fact, many people took this festival as an opportunity to use clothing etc. to express themselves in ways they might not normally get to do in la vie quotidienne. However, this …

naked soul reflection: shifting habits that no longer serve you

In this episode of Naked Soul Reflection we look at the process of shifting habits that no longer serve us. Link to Spreaker audio: https://www.spreaker.com/user/clothesfreelife/naked-soul-reflection-shifting-habits-th During a time when I was utterly frustrated with myself regarding my eating habits and body issues, one of my teachers responded to my tears and anger of “Why am I not changing, why am I not doing something different?” with this: You do something until you don’t.  This statement conveys the perfect mix of both personal responsibility to continue with effort as well as with the unknown about when change will finally land and what exactly that shift will look like. Questions to reflect on this week + steps to practice: What is one area / thing in your life where you keep thinking to yourself, “Ugh, I always do this or act this way. When am I ever going to change?” Can you, in peace, turn your inner gaze to that issue? Observe your patterns: “When this happens in my life, I respond by doing that.” For me it was “When I get stressed out …

wow: the importance of depicting men

Priscilla Frank recently published a piece in the Huffington Post, “A Woman Photographed 500 Naked Men To Normalize The Nude Male Body.” This piece covers the Bare Men project by  Abigail Ekue. Similarly, Suzannah Weiss of Papermag also wrote a piece “NSFW: See images from ‘Bare Men,’ a New Photo Book on Male Nudity” in July 2016. In the near future, you will hear an interview conducted by clothesfreelife.com founder and Editor-in-Chief, Earl D, with Ekue about her project. For today’s piece, I want to discuss why works like this matter when it comes to women’s issues in clothes free living.

naked soul reflection – what can you put down?

In this week’s Naked Soul Reflection we consider what things in our lives we can put down in order to create more ease along our journey. Link to audio on Spreaker: https://www.spreaker.com/user/clothesfreelife/naked-soul-reflection-what-can-you-put-d I recently realized that I do not have to carry around a 40-50lb backpack full of items throughout the day. Instead, I can use a hand cart that I have, and I can also leave things behind that no longer serve me. Although this suggestion is something several family members offered to me ages ago, only now does it sink. Perhaps I was trying to prove something to myself by insisting on carrying around that heavy backpack. But this weekend, I chose to take that weight off my back and use the cart. I found ease. Questions for consideration: What is one thing in your life that you have insisted on carrying, despite it causing you discomfort, pain, or other negativity? Can you put that thing down? How do you feel whenever you do manager to surrender to ease? In this episode, I quote two …

kerry mansfield “aftermath” photography project – journey through breast cancer

In the project “Aftermath” photographer Kerry Mansfield documents her journey through breast cancer. Series description from LensCulture: “In the series Aftermath, San Francisco-based photographer Kerry Mansfield courageously documented her two-year journey through breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and reconstructive surgery. “Mansfield was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 31 and soon learned that women in their 30s are the fastest growing group of people with breast cancer in the United States. Shocked to be facing this unexpected and frightening disease, Mansfield searched for information about what her immediate future would look like and found that the photographic documentation she was looking for didn’t exist. It was this absence that inspired the series that would become Aftermath. “Mansfield’s intention was to not only help guide herself through the harrowing journey, but to create a direct, visual record of her experience so that others could better understand what it means to battle breast cancer. “As Mansfield writes in her original artist’s statement: “‘It was in that spirit of unknown endings that I picked up my camera to …