Note #1: This post talks about a subject that I talk a lot about on this blog — nakedness — so if you’re thinking This again? I understand. Whenever I talk about this subject, I always try and add something new, so that it doesn’t feel like I’m saying the same thing over and over again. I’m talking about it in this series of posts — Celebrating Beauty — because I see nudity as something to be celebrated and understood, not something to be ashamed of and see as indecent: A lot of bad in the world comes from seeing the naked body as evil, not good.
Note #2: In order to try and do this subject justice, I’m going to be getting into what I believe, as a Catholic, to be true.
Inspired by TheOriginalPhoenix, Thimblerig’s Ark, and Sunshine Lou, every day until Christmas, I’m going to write about one example of beauty that I have found, in order to counter the darkness that I see when I turn on the news.
Day 2, I am celebrating:
I’ve realized why I write so much about nakedness:
I see my desire to be naked, and the joy I feel when I read how being naked positively impacts a person’s life, as a manifestation of “The Edenic Call.”*
The Edenic Call is a concept I heard about in a philosophy class. The Edenic Call is each person’s deep down desire to return to the paradise that was lost: Eden.
This concept would help to explain why people feel more like their purest, deepest self when naked, particularly naked in nature: Because a person is in the state they were originally supposed to be in.
The man and his wife were naked, and felt no shame.
~ Genesis 2:25
Because of the imperfect nature of the world, we cannot live exactly like Adam and Eve lived: It is not possible to be completely without shame when naked in the sight of others.
But that doesn’t make one’s desire for Eden — one’s desire to be, to quote Sunshine Lou, “Naked and free.” — any less real.
I see my nudity as a compass:
Taking my clothes off is not the fulfillment of my heart’s deepest desire, but my naked body does point toward who, I believe, is: God.
To quote author Sharon Hodde Miller:
“…a woman’s breasts, hips, bottom, and lips all proclaim the glory of the Lord! Each womanly part honors Him.”
My point is:
Every male and female part comes from God, and honors God in its own way.
When I am naked, I am reminded of this quote from the movie Elysium (2013):
“Never forget about where you come from.”
I am reminded of where I come from.
And I am reminded of where I want to go.
How does being naked positively impact your life?
*There are other ways The Edenic Call manifests itself in people. It’s just that a desire to be naked is the first way that I thought of.