“Adam and Eve entered the world naked and unashamed – naked and pure-minded. And no descendant of theirs has ever entered it otherwise. All have entered it naked, unashamed, and clean in mind. They entered it modest. They had to acquire immodesty in the soiled mind, there was no other way to get it. The convention mis-called “modesty” has no standard, and cannot have one, because it is opposed to nature and reason and is therefore an artificiality and subject to anyone’s whim – anyone’s diseased caprice.” Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth
“What is outside yourself does not convey much worth; Clothes do not make the man, the saddle not the horse.” Angelius Silesius
“What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful that the garment with which it is clothed?” Michelangelo
“There is no better way to get to know yourself than to experience the world of nudism/naturism. Putting nothing between you and nature is truly a way to come to know who you really are and how you really feel about yourself; inside and out.
There is no way to describe how you feel when you are one with nature. The sun seems to feel warmer, shine brighter. The wind doesn’t feel angry and a nuisance but rather like a gentle set of hands massaging your body. Your stresses will be set free, your sanity will return, and you will wake each day with new determination. You will really feel as if you are “somewhere over the rainbow.”
Nudity is a great social equalizer for class and wealth distinction. There are no Macy’s vs. Wal-Mart’s. Nudists are real people who don’t pretend to be something they are not. These people generally like and accept others as God put them here. Nudists are people who believe that there is good in people who hide only behind their souls and not in material things.
And don’t worry about your body. There are no ugly nude bodies, only bodies with different shapes and sizes. You’ll be surprised at how comfortable you’ll become with yourself. You will FEEL accepted as you are because you will BE accepted as you are.
It is the best thing that has ever happened to me. When life gets me down and I feel stress building up, I don’t turn to drugs, alcohol, or any other short-term answer; I turn to God, I turn to my husband, and I turn to nature. Those three never let me down.
Try it. If you don’t like it, you can always put your clothes back on….” P Parker
“Nudity frees the body as meditation frees the mind, permitting us to be who we are. Being comfortable with private nudity requires a certain level of self-acceptance. Social nudity requires yet a higher level of self-acceptance, plus it offers us the added benefit of being unconditionally accepted by others. It allows us to relate to others without facades, pretentiousness or artificiality. The resulting sense of well-being is beyond compare. As is meditation, nudism is one of the most powerful tools for healing, self-discovery and spiritual growth available to anyone.
Nudism is a lifestyle that, in and of itself, not only fulfills all the criteria’ of a ‘growth experience’ but also serves as a beautiful metaphor. Indeed, the shedding of our clothes is a metaphor for shedding attitudes and perceptions that may no longer be needed or appropriate. Accepting our God-given bodies is symbolic of learning who we are at levels yet to be experienced.
Nudism has much to offer in the way of growth, but it is seldom thought of in those terms. Unfortunately, stemming from our society’s puritanical views of the human body and sexuality, nudism is one of the least understood practices in our society–often falsely associated with promiscuous sexual behavior. Misconceptions such as these, coupled with a general lack of reliable information, have kept nudism in the closet and out of consideration as a legitimate form of recreation, therapy or spiritual practice.”
Daniel D. Ziegler, Naked Before God (1999)