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Old 10-05-2011, 08:14 AM
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the recently glorious early fall weather has given me lots of occasions to practise nude meditation outdoors, surrounded by trees, resting on soft grass or soil, both being Mother Nature's skin.

From my reference to Mother Nature, Mother Earth, the Goddess, whatever name you use for Her, you can guess that I'm sort of a spiritual stew, made up of various ingredients. My true name also is an indicator of that - the name ~*Ganesha*~ was bestowed upon me by a beautiful and merry (and nude on that occasion, too) sister at a Rainbow Gathering, who adores my large belly and said that this as well as other qualities of my personality reminds her a lot of that blissful and happy god. Since then, it has become the name of my true self, which I use when introducing myself to kindred spirits who See and understand such things.

OK, so much for a little explaining, what my personal spirituality is about, and what the basis for my individual meditation and relaxation technique is. Now, when going out to maditate in Nature, I start by taking a slow and considerate barefoot walk (since I'm a barefooter, I don't wear shoes in my free time anyway), feeling the different textures and surfaces underfoot, taking slow steps to get in touch (literally) with my surroundings. This is already the first part of a meditation, even without getting into a lotus position or the like. After finding a good spot - letting my bare feet guide me, acting as my personal scanners to locate a spiritual energy spot - I take off my clothes, now open to all of the four elements. Earth is already with me by ways of my bare soles, Air is now wafting freely around my skyclad body, Fire is sending its warmth with the rays of the sun and Water went together with Earth, when my bare feet touched dew-wet grass. When I am near a lake or river, I also take a nude swim, to get closer to the Water elementals. Now, standing relaxed in the right spot, I begin my breath meditation exercise, drawing my arms up sideways in a circular motion on inhaling, bringing my palms together overhead, then drawing my hands down slowly to take the position of the Namastť greeting and blessing. On exhaling, I let my arms fall back to the sides of my body. This breathing cycle enables me to draw good and positive energy from the Earth, then putting it into my heart as I reach the Namastť position and letting out the excess back into the world together with feelings of fear, anxiety, sorrow, whatever might have ailed me emotionally. I silently pray to the Elements to take that energy, to cleanse and purify it to become just pure energy, bereft of whatever feeling it transported formerly. Since this is a sort of purification and cleansing ritual, I "rinse and repeat", meaning: doing that cycle several times until I feel that I am filled with nice and good energy.
The next step is then returning the gift of this benign power to Mother Nature by going over to a tree and hug it in the nude. From my heart to the heart of the dryad living in it, I am giving my love to the Goddess, thanking Her for what She just gave me. Honestly, I have come to realize that the best way to really commune with Nature is being without clothes. And while hugging a tree is a happiness booster already, naked tree-hugging tunes that up a few notches.
To complete this type of meditation session, I sit down in a comfortable position, for instance beneath the tree I just hugged, relaxing and doing a "classic" meditation session.

This relaxation and meditation technique is what I exercise on a weekly basis (or more than once a week, if my "normal" office life stresses me more than usual), enabling me to be the happy hippie person I am. And, yes, being a naturist, I do feel that nudity makes a difference in this, especially when out in Nature. To quote one of the hugest fans of Nature, Walt Whitman:

"Never before did I get so close to Nature; never before did she come so close to me... Nature was naked, and I was also... Sweet, sane, still Nakedness in Nature! - ah if poor, sick, prurient humanity in cities might really know you once more! Is not nakedness indecent? No, not inherently. It is your thought, your sophistication, your fear, your respectability, that is indecent. There come moods when these clothes of ours are not only too irksome to wear, but are themselves indecent." -- A Sun-bathed Nakedness

Wiggling bare toes, sending out smiles, a nude blessing and free hugs,

~*Txim Asawl*~ - or rather: ~*Ganesha*~, your friendly neighbourhood barefoot hippie person.
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:57 AM
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It's great to hear how spiritual some people are here. Thank you for sharing this.
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:51 AM
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That's awesome!! Txim_asawl. The early pagans had the idea by going around nature in their birthday suit so to speak so there was nothing separating them between the animals, trees, grass, sun and sky. You're very brave for going outside and doing this, although it would be a lot easier for people to do this in the wilderness or in their backyard.

My personal recipe for spiritual recipe is to realise that desire for goods leads to suffering and to suppress expressing frustation and anger and instead channel emotions such as these towards practical and positive things such as music or dance. Also I try to look at everything in a positive way, even things like death and loss. My mantra is to try to love everyone, despite their faults as we are all human beings in the end. Also I believe that everything should be treated equally as they have spirits, from rocks and earth, ocean, animals, humans, wind and sky.
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Old 10-05-2011, 04:28 PM
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My entire "spiritual" philosophy (or maybe better called "philosophy of what I do not and maybe cannot ever know") isn't very complicated since I'm not a spiritual person I think of what society needs before what I want. I always try to determine how I'd be most useful to the world. I don't leave just because things get tough; if everyone who hated America just left, well, you can only imagine how much worse things would get My hopes are what really motivate me to go on, my hope for alien life, my hope that human progress will continue and we will get through this environmental crisis (I liken it to the bomb crisis which consumed most of the 20th century-- many thought the end was imminent, and yet we have seemed to come out of that era virtually unharmed, having learned a lot) and my lesser hope that my life will really have meant something once I'm dead.
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That's awesome!! Txim_asawl. The early pagans had the idea by going around nature in their birthday suit so to speak so there was nothing separating them between the animals, trees, grass, sun and sky. You're very brave for going outside and doing this, although it would be a lot easier for people to do this in the wilderness or in their backyard.
It's also still done by neo-pagans, especially followers of Gardnerian Wicca. Gerald Gardner spent a while in India, and my have adopted the practice from Digambara Jains, a religious sect, where monks are forbidden to wear clothing. Gardner introduced the term "skyclad" for the nude ritual practice. The term "digambara" means "sky-clothed", when translated literally.

Living in a very urban environment, true wilderness is somewhere far away - therefore I have to look for little islands of nature nearby, and that could be a park or a small forest. My backyard would not be the best place either, since I live in an apartment complex... that would mean even more unwanted attention than a park...


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My personal recipe for spiritual recipe is to realise that desire for goods leads to suffering and to suppress expressing frustation and anger and instead channel emotions such as these towards practical and positive things such as music or dance. Also I try to look at everything in a positive way, even things like death and loss. My mantra is to try to love everyone, despite their faults as we are all human beings in the end. Also I believe that everything should be treated equally as they have spirits, from rocks and earth, ocean, animals, humans, wind and sky.
A very beautiful and serene way of looking at and feeling things and living beings... it nicely incorporates the unconditional love called "agape" in Greek philosophy. In her book "The Legacy of Luna", Julia Butterfly Hill wrote about her learning agape when living in the redwood tree named Luna for 738 days, in order to keep it and other trees from being cut down. She realized, that Nature, although mistreated by some people, still provides for all, not making a difference - and learning to accept all human beings in the same way means to know what unconditional love is.

And the belief of everything having a living spirit (animistic nature religion... native Americans and other indigenous people know that) is beautiful as well. Actually, I believe in nature spirits, too - when I hug a tree, I envision myself cuddling with the dryad living in it...



Perhaps that is why stories and movies like Avatar, Princess Mononoke or Earth Girl Arjuna call out to me this strongly - and to you, too, it seems.

Wiggling bare toes in greeting at a kindred spirit,

~*Txim Asawl*~
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Old 10-06-2011, 02:20 AM
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It's also still done by neo-pagans, especially followers of Gardnerian Wicca. Gerald Gardner spent a while in India, and my have adopted the practice from Digambara Jains, a religious sect, where monks are forbidden to wear clothing. Gardner introduced the term "skyclad" for the nude ritual practice. The term "digambara" means "sky-clothed", when translated literally.

Living in a very urban environment, true wilderness is somewhere far away - therefore I have to look for little islands of nature nearby, and that could be a park or a small forest. My backyard would not be the best place either, since I live in an apartment complex... that would mean even more unwanted attention than a park...



A very beautiful and serene way of looking at and feeling things and living beings... it nicely incorporates the unconditional love called "agape" in Greek philosophy. In her book "The Legacy of Luna", Julia Butterfly Hill wrote about her learning agape when living in the redwood tree named Luna for 738 days, in order to keep it and other trees from being cut down. She realized, that Nature, although mistreated by some people, still provides for all, not making a difference - and learning to accept all human beings in the same way means to know what unconditional love is.

And the belief of everything having a living spirit (animistic nature religion... native Americans and other indigenous people know that) is beautiful as well. Actually, I believe in nature spirits, too - when I hug a tree, I envision myself cuddling with the dryad living in it...



Perhaps that is why stories and movies like Avatar, Princess Mononoke or Earth Girl Arjuna call out to me this strongly - and to you, too, it seems.

Wiggling bare toes in greeting at a kindred spirit,

~*Txim Asawl*~
Indeed ma tsmukan, I can see quite a few similarities between our spirituality. I'm glad that you can imagine a dryad in a tree when you hug them it a very beautiful thought, there is a lot of unseen energy in living things that some people can tap into such as shamen and druids, although they have to exchange some of their energy in return. It's the whole basis for people conducting magic/spells in some faiths and it does work.

You've very lucky to access such areas ma tsmukan, hopefully they will exist in the time for the next few generations of humankind and animals.

Avatar and other movies really can speak to the soul.And our primal need to be one with nature.

*wiggling bare toes back in greeting*
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You've very lucky to access such areas ma tsmukan, hopefully they will exist in the time for the next few generations of humankind and animals.
It helps to find places like the one I sat in yesterday to practise some skyclad meditation after sunset (by the way, I found a funny yet befitting term for that on the web: "Nuddhism" ):

A nice natural meditation nook:



Exploring the feeling of the bare soil there:



Looking out at an oak, sitting in the nook:



It's very easy to commune with Nature, when we still have places like this to open our body and spirit to.

Barefoot blessings to you, ma tsmuke,

~*Txim Asawl*~
(hey, my post #200 - making me "One of the People" YAY! - and what better way to become one of the people, than by recollecting this wonderful moment I had yesterday in the evening twilight?)
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My true name also is an indicator of that - the name ~*Ganesha*~ was bestowed upon me by a beautiful and merry (and nude on that occasion, too) sister at a Rainbow Gathering, who adores my large belly and said that this as well as other qualities of my personality reminds her a lot of that blissful and happy god. Since then, it has become the name of my true self, which I use when introducing myself to kindred spirits who See and understand such things. ...
Do you know why Ganesha has such a big trunk? To remove the obstacles from one's way. And do you know why he has such a big belly? To digest the sorrows of the world!
Ganesha is one of my favourites.

Nuddhism is a very nice spiritual recipe thanks for sharing. I'll be back with mine (when I am home, not in the office) but it's mostly about the same: nature & meditations. Hmmm I'll think something over.
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Do you know why Ganesha has such a big trunk? To remove the obstacles from one's way. And do you know why he has such a big belly? To digest the sorrows of the world!
Ganesha is one of my favourites.

Nuddhism is a very nice spiritual recipe thanks for sharing. I'll be back with mine (when I am home, not in the office) but it's mostly about the same: nature & meditations. Hmmm I'll think something over.
Just to show the others reading this thread, and perhaps wondering what Ganesha is about:





I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts later on.

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Your meditation actually sounds quite similar to mine, albeit I don't go naked cause I'd be too paranoid about being arrested to relax, and I haven't tried water yet. But I basically go out into the woods or something,watch all the animals go about their lives, and watch all the plants grow, and just feel the energy and the beauty in it all. Then I place my hands and feet on the ground, and feel the solidity below me, and the energy in the earth, and all of it radiating out into every living thing. Then I just imagine all the life around me. Living without care of me. All the microscopic organisms that make up the soil, to the massive oak trees towering above the forest. Then I might hug a tree, or put my hands firmly against it, and feel the energy inside it, and just awe myself with how it has been here for so many years. All the things living and dead that walked this land, all their spirits gone somewhere. The hugging a tree part is nice, because a tree is so solid it feels like my dad hugging me when I was a kid, because the tree is so sturdy. Then I try to find a tree I can climb, and I'll just gaze across the landscape, and imagine flying over it on an ikran. And I'll just think of how nature works in harmony. Yes, it kills of the weak, but it produces so much life and energy.
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thanks for your Ganesha symbolism, I liked especially "Large Ears"* & "Small Mouth" this has to do a bit with my meditation. Just a tiny bit to wrap it, about the Mouse = Desires: I heard a different interpretation of this one, & surely there are various.
When I bought a little Ganesha statuette in a hindu shop, I noticed the mouse & asked the guy to change the statuette for one without a mouse cos I didn't want it to eat everything But the shopkeeper explained that the mouse was "very good"? How was it "in any way good?" In his words, Mouse meant "sharing" & selfless service. "Look, - he said, - all the people that come to Ganesha think about him, adore him & bring him sweets. Nobody thinks about the poor mouse. But Ganesha does, & he eats - but he gives a little bit to the Mouse. Even some crumbs, a mouse doesn't eat much - but that means sharing. Do you have something? share some with the needy; it doesn't have to be a grand gesture, even a little thing will make the Mouse happy". Since I was full swing in Amma's charity program I thought that this particular interpretation was fit for me

As for spiritual recipe... for one "Large Ears" (listening more than talking) is something I try to do often, especially if I walk barefoot in a forest (not in a birthday suit, I am not as brave as you altho a nude swim is great). This, "listening to the sounds of the world", is also a method from The Teachings of Don Juan. "Don't talk... switch your eternal inner dialogue off... only listen... listen... what sounds can you perceive?" You will be surprised to find out just how many! Leaving one's mind in blank is often a stumbling block for the beginners in meditation so this - listening to the sounds of the world - is very helpful; in any situation, but especially if you are in nature. If you are barefoot, or still, you won't be making any noise & disturbing the "local inhabitants"; after some time you'll feel that you're really a part of the forest, "one of them". One day after a long "listening to the sounds of the world" meditation by a creek I went for a run & managed to run almost soundless, I only heard the wind in my hair & clothes but no footsteps. A little bird didn't notice me until I was 0.5m away, that's how silent I managed to be! I was very proud at this particular achievement.

And I agree with Pa'li & everyone about love to all - not only human, but all beings - & spirit in everything. If we think like the Na'vi about the flow of energy within all things, then we're all connected. What goes round, comes round, & if one gives love - one shall receive love.

I got into the state of Oneness a few times, it's unbelievable, it's like you have the whole Universe inside - but also outside, & there's no border between you & the world, it's even makes no sense to say "I felt... (this)" because there is no "I" that is separate from everything else. But I don't have any particular method for this, it just happens spontaneously in the least likely situations. Those who had experienced it will understand what I am on about cos the words don't suffice to explain such a state. Those who haven't experienced it yet... I hope one day you do! cos it's just marvelous.
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I love the state of oneness you are talking about. It is like when you feel all the energy from the spirits of all living things, and the earth, and the stars, and the sky, and the clouds, etc; it just feels like peaceful love, it's the greatest feeling.
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It seems like everybody is moving forward. As if there is some final goal they can achieve and get to. I don't get it though. When I look around, it seems like I'm already there, and there is nothing left to do.

"You think you're so clever and classless and free, but you're still ****ing peasants as far as I can see."

I wish I could take just one hour of what I experience out in nature, wrap it in a box, put a bow on it, and start handing out to people

Nature has its own religion; gospel from the land

I know I was born and I know that I'll die; The in between is mine."
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Reaching this state of Oneness is something I also achieved, during that particular Rainbow Gathering I mentioned initially - I was away from the pressing demands of the "normal" world, within a group of people with their own spiritual paths, but united in enjoying the common love among ourselves, for all people and the world surrounding us.

When meditating there, in a natural place with only sounds of Nature around me, I was able to shut off thinking and just be, just feel myself as a part of the all-surrounding Nature and thus losing the thoughts of "self"... When coming back into myself, I felt tears on my cheek, feeling joy for having been in a place far from stress, sorrow, aggression. Sharing my experience with the people of the Rainbow Family, I saw bright smiles on their faces, nods from a lot of them and felt wrapped up in love.

Right now I'm feeling very happy to read your thoughts and feelings, and to know that we're connected not only here, but also every time we're out, walking barefoot, our soles touching the same Earth and so being in touch with each other.

Light and Love to you,

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