Getting Naked

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.

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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.

For example:

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.

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But:

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.*

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Suguha, “Sword Art Online”

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.

*The Line Between Porn And Art

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7 thoughts on “Getting Naked

  1. Oh this is such a heartwarming post. I don’t hold nudity as highly as you do but that last line really spoke to me. Sometimes before I step in the shower, I just look at myself in the mirror and it’s almost like an out-of-body experience because I’m always clothed. But then I think “no…that’s me. All of me.” And it’s just such a self-aware moment and it almost makes me feel a little vulnerable but at the same time I’m like “I’m the only one in here.” There’s probably something to be said about that.

    1. “I don’t hold nudity as highly as you do but that last line really spoke to me.”

      I’m glad that last line spoke to you. 🙂

      When it comes to nudity, I wouldn’t say that I’m putting nudity on a pedestal or anything. I know that being naked won’t be the be-all and end-all solution to my struggles in life.

      God is the source of all things, and I must not substitute what God has created — my body — for God Himself.

      I believe that, because I said to God “Show me whatever you want to show me” when I was naked, God used my time being naked to teach me more about myself — to remind me of who I am and where I come from.

      “…I think ‘no…that’s me. All of me.’ And it’s just such a self-aware moment and it almost makes me feel a little vulnerable but at the same time I’m like ‘I’m the only one in here.'”

      That’s the experience I had today: I felt vulnerable, but more self-aware too.

      “There’s probably something to be said about that.”

      I agree.

      But, what is to be said?

      Pray about it, and God will give you the answer.

      Thank you for commenting. I’m glad you liked what I wrote, and that it spoke to you.

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