Author: Paul

Nude or naked?

Some of you may know that I write books. Writing books and stories means you have to consider the meaning of words carefully. Considering the words ‘nude’ and ‘naked’. They both refer to the state of being undressed, uncovered, clothes-free, yes. Still, to me they have a different charge as it were. Wikipedia’s take on these point to the same thing. Nudity. To me there is however an underlying difference. What nude is to me. To me this is nude. You may argue that I’m naked in this picture so let me explain. When I am nude, I’m undressed, I appreciate it to the max and I am ‘in my power’. I am undressed by my own choice and proud of my state of being. When I took  this picture it wasn’t warm. There was fog all around. Still I felt wonderful there, in nature, one with the elements of the moment. That is when you are in your centre of power. What is naked to me. Here is an example of someone I think …

Whom are you naked for?

Surprising question? Don’t be surprised. Just consider the question and think of a good answer. You have until the end of this post to come up with something good (but pay attention here!) Whom are you naked for? Here is that question again. I have found that many dedicated nudists still have some reserve about being naked in places where they can be seen. Of course being at a nude beach or in a naturist resort there is no problem. But tell me: would you drive your car naked? I would. I’ve done it many times already and I will keep doing it, unless it’s just too cold. Yes, there is the chance that people see me. I know that. There is also the chance that lightning strikes and kills me (although not on that particular day as it was at least 100F, which is quite insane for where I live). The thing is that I am naked for myself. Because I enjoy it. Also in my car, which I declare my personal, moving naturist …

Naked exercising

Exercising? Yes. You know, this is where you get up and do things. And don’t worry, for now you can just read about that stuff. It’s up to you if you decide to do it or not. A nice thing about this post is: naked. Yes, you can read it naked! What exercises? This is a question I was asked via Direct Message on Twitter. What exercises can you do naked? The question surprised me because I can’t think of any exercise you couldn’t do naked. Speed undressing is hardly an exercise as far as I know. It’s fascinating how little some people seem to understand about being clothesfree. The concept of having to wear fabrics (‘coverings’ as they’re called in Mirror Earth) is so ingrained in many people’s minds that doing anything without them seems to hit a mental roadblock. Iknow a naturist who insists on wearing sports clothes when doing his sports stuff – even when he has the option to work out at a nude beach! He’ll put on his sports gear, …

The nude normal?

How can nude become the new normal? Have you ever thought about that? I have. It is an interesting question with a lot of challenging hurdles to overcome before an answer is even possible. We’re facing big ‘competition’ in our nudity, the competition of big bucks that are made off the ‘other’ kind of nudity. Action speaks louder than words. Take this image for example. A woman expressing what she stands for by riding a bike in as much nudity as she wants. This image is from the World Naked Bike Ride in San Diego last year. These events become more and more popular, and there are more and more of them it seems. That is a good way to put into action what we stand for, and at the same time it asks attention for the vulnerability of the human body, of people on bikes in traffic. That makes 1 strike and gets attention for two goals. Actions like these are wonderful and usually they are attainable for lots of people because many WNBRs …

Reality check

The reality of ‘the nudist’. I think that most people who do their best to promote nudism or naturism should consider what they are doing. Don’t get me wrong. They probably think they’re doing something good, for which I applaud them, but is this what you’d expect to be a typical nudist? A fit girl on a bike? I’ve been a naturist for quite a while and I still have to encounter one of those. Maybe I live in the wrong place although the Netherlands is a country where bicycles are very prominent. We are the real thing. And with the real thing I mean ordinary people who don’t all look slim and fit. Who have some excess skin-filling, scars, and in general less than perfect bodies. (Present readers excluded of course. 😉 ) This is more likely. Normal people, like you can encounter at a World Naked Bike Ride. Good humoured people with their flaws, and not caring a damn about that. Posting pictures of naked people that look like anyone would present a …

Sometimes doing it is the best.

When the need arises… Of course, when the need arises you should do something about it. In my case the need was to get out of the car and into my house. Nature itself was creating a bit of a challenge for that though. Yes. Rain. And not just the odd drop but a veritable downpour that most people may never see in their life. According to the rain radar on my phone this deluge wasn’t going to stop soon (and it was right). Decisions. Sitting there in my car, watching the rain, it was obvious to me that getting out there would mean just one simple thing: getting soaked within seconds. Yes. Jumping into a tub with clothes on would probably be slower than going through this bout of rain. You know how it feels to walk around in wet clothes, right? Not something to look forward to. This was a drastic situation and asked for a drastic approach. Stripping in the car. I decided to get out of my clothes. I had a …

The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran.

You may wonder what this is about. The Prophet is not a book on naturism. Of course you knew that already but I just added it for clarity. Still, there is something about this book that intrigues me because it points out a lot of things that many people, also these days, seem to have forgotten. There is a particular part in the book that I want to highlight here. On Clothes. And the weaver said, “Speak to us of Clothes.” And he answered: Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful. And though you seek in garments the freedom of privacy you may find in them a harness and a chain. Would that you could meet the sun and the wind with more of your skin and less of your raiment, For the breath of life is in the sunlight and the hand of life is in the wind. Some of you say, “It is the north wind who has woven the clothes to wear.” But shame was his …

Beauty and what to make of it

What is beauty? Dear reader of ClothesFreeLife, I ask you: what is beauty? The world is full of it. People are obsessed with it. Is this lady a beauty? Some people will say yes. Some won’t agree. Oh, certainly she is very pleasing to the eye, but I wonder how she looks if all the make up is removed. When her hair hangs down in a normal way. When all the photoshop additions have been removed. Every body is beautiful. Many naturists and nudists proclaim this. Every body is beautiful. Is it? Why? Let’s think about this. There are all kinds of people. All kinds of body shapes. Big, small, wide, narrow, round, black, white, red, yellow, and many of those can be combined in a person’s physical appearance. That’s like nature. Trees, flowers, birds, animals, they all come in many shapes and colours as well. Of course the jury is still debating about the colours of polar bears, but that aside. Everyone is beautiful. This is more my idea about people. Not every body …

The simplicity of being

Dear reader, Before you read on: sit back. Relax. Become aware of yourself, your body – be it dressed or clothes-free – and your surroundings. Being. How does it feel to just ‘be’? Like now, when you’re not doing very much apart from reading? Do you ever take the time to contemplate that? If not, take a moment now. If you want you can close your eyes and just ‘feel’. Experience who you are, where you are, and especially what you feel? If you are clothed, do you feel them? Clothes. Did you feel your clothes? If you did then why do you have them on? Is it cold where you are? If yes then I fully understand. Being cold is no fun. If no, then why are you wearing these clothes? Because it’s how it’s supposed to be? Because you own them? If you own your clothes then you should be their master. If you feel you have to wear them then your clothes are your master. The feeling of naked. I never feel I …

Nudism. Not just for being naked.

Isn’t this coincidental? I just saw this quote on ClothesFreeLife.com: “I still think that nudism . . . is itself a kind of therapy” • Abraham Maslow A few days ago I was contacted on Twitter by someone new to that part of the Internet. This man (I shan’t mention his name because I still respect privacy) told me that he’d suffered from severe depressions. He turned to therapy and tablets and none of that helped him any further. That didn’t surprise me very much. Usually tablets and pills are things that suppress symptoms, they don’t solve anything. It’s like a mechanic’s advice to put cotton in your ears so you don’t hear that strange rattle in the engine of your car. Therapy can help in some cases, but not everyone is the same case. As was the case with this man. He kept looking for ways to deal with his situation and somehow found out about naturism. He started being naked around the house. A few hours at first, then days. To his astounding …