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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 …

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 …

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 …

naked soul reflection: pause

In this week’s Naked Soul Reflection, we look at the importance of pausing. Link on Spreaker: https://www.spreaker.com/user/clothesfreelife/naked-soul-reflection-pausing This past week, I found myself having to pause in my life. I took a few days off from work and spent time doing nothing so that I could heal mentally and emotionally. There were many events over the past 8 years that I hadn’t allowed myself to acknowledge or fully process. That all came to a head this week, and the stress forced me to take time being still. Although I’m still practicing pause and non-doing, one thing I can say is that pause is helping me release some emotions I didn’t even know where there deep down. Some questions as you practice pause this week: Where in your life could pause serve you? Are you trying to fill the space with something? In what ways can you take time to be still this week? What happens when you take time to pause? What do you notice?  

naked soul reflection – honoring flow in life

In this episode of Naked Soul Reflections we look at how to honor flow in life. Link to audio on Spreaker: https://www.spreaker.com/user/clothesfreelife/naked-soul-reflection-honoring-flow-in-l Flow shows up in all areas of life. Whether it’s moving intentional in a pose – mindfully setting it up, abiding in it responsibly, and exiting it with grace – or engaging a conversation with someone mindfully – connecting with the person, navigating the conversation moment to moment, and leave the conversation gracefully – flow is everywhere in our lives. This is a critical practice for me everywhere in life right now. I have navigated some challenging conversations in the past couple of years, even recently, and thinking about these interactions as flow helped me to start them mindfully, move through them intentionally with breath, and close the conversation without burning bridges or destroying house. Not always. I have tumbled, too, being human and all. But this idea that flow is everywhere in life is very present for me right now. This week, what aspects of your life can you look at and approach with …

naked soul reflection: doing / non doing

In this week’s Naked Soul Reflection, we look at the balance of doing and non-doing. Spreaker link: https://www.spreaker.com/user/clothesfreelife/naked-soul-reflection-doing-non-doing This past week brought the question of balancing doing and non-doing to the forefront for me. It was a question with which I had been wrestling for quite some time, actually. Years. But, in the past week, it surface quite strongly not only as I reviewed the news, but also as I considered my family members and dealt with friends and colleagues at the office. I even engaged the question around eating. When should I be in action and when should I be still? Some questions to consider for the week: What issues in your life bring up the question of whether or not to act? Can you take a step back for a few moments and be still to observe your thoughts? Are you wondering if you should act, because you feel like you “should” say or do something, or do you have a clear call in your heart to say/do something specific? These questions could apply …