Inspired by fellow blogger Sunshine Lou, and wanting to go beyond being emotionally naked, I was naked for a second time this morning.
(My first time: My Experience Being Naked)
The reason I was inspired by Lou is because I read how being naked in nature is giving her a feeling of inner peace and freedom, and I thought to myself:
I want to experience that.
What I experienced when I was naked, is this:
A feeling of humility.
Because it snowed last night, I didn’t want to be naked outside.
Being naked in the privacy of my own room, behind a closed door, I felt like all eyes were on me.
As a Catholic, I believe that God has His eyes on me — it’s impossible to hide anything from Him. But only when I was naked did that belief really hit home.
I was reminded, too, of a line from the movie Elysium (2013):
“Never forget about where you come from.”
We come in to the world naked.
When I was naked, I was “where I came from.”
One of the, for lack of a better word, “tragedies” of Catholic teaching about the body, I believe, is this:
The body is seen as shameful.
It makes sense for Catholics to have such a view of the body.
Adam and Eve covered themselves when they realized they were naked. (Genesis 3:7) And Jesus was stripped naked before being crucified, to add insult to injury.
I believe that so much evil in the world could be overcome if people were not just emotionally naked, but were not ashamed of their physical nakedness, either.
Industries like porn thrive on the naked body being seen as purely sexual. “If you want to see a woman take her clothes off, watch this…” porn says to the curious young man who wants to know what is underneath that piece of clothing a woman wears on her chest.*
If more people saw their naked body as something to not be ashamed of, and saw the sight of, for example, a woman’s breast and butt, as more than the sexual thoughts and feelings that such a sight can cause, the world would be a better place.
A desire to be clothed is, partly, a desire to be seen as more than the body parts that are unclothed. For example: One reason a woman covers her breasts is to implicitly say “I am more than my breasts.”
This doesn’t mean though that it’s wrong to be naked for a non-bathing, non-sexual, or non-medical reason — naked for the sake of being naked. I believe that God created our naked body and said it is “very good.” (Genesis 1:31) There is nothing inherently evil about nakedness.
This just means that, because of the nature of the world, there is a time and a place to be naked. If a person was naked everywhere, 24/7, there would be a greater chance of that person being harmed because of their nudity, and the peace and freedom one feels being naked would, no doubt, be lessened. It’s one thing to be naked on top of a mountain, alone, on a warm, cloudless day, and another thing to be naked in a crowded, dimly lit bar in the dead of winter.
So, the next time you’re getting dressed, don’t immediately reach for a new pair of underwear after taking off the old. Be naked in a safe place.
You might be surprised at what revealing your body reveals to you.