We probably all know it by now. The Parisian nude restaurant is closing.
Yes. That is a sad thing. Why did they not make it?
Apparently the restaurant is well liked by all who dined there. Unfortunately there weren’t enough of those people, which put the restaurant in a dire, financial spot. The food, as I read in many places, was very good, and the atmosphere in the restaurant was described as very pleasant.
The owners, Mike and Stephane Saada, stated:
“Thank you for having participated in this adventure by coming to dine at O’Naturel. We will only remember the good times, meeting beautiful people and customers who were delighted to share exceptional moments.”Source: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/paris-nude-restaurant-is-closing
Let’s hope there will be another occasion for a nude restaurant in France. I think that’s important, since France is one of the countries where naturism is huge and growing.
Let’s hope more restaurants will start seeing the possibilities for nude dining. The way O’Naturel was set up, catering to nude guests only, is perhaps a bit too optimistic. Opening for nude guests a few times per week might have been an economically better idea in that light.
On the other hand, the world of naturism and nudism is facing fierce opposition and that pressure is growing. Establishments like O’Naturel are important because they fight back. It is important to remember that prudishness and the feelings of shame, which are spreading over a world that has made steps into the other direction, can be pushed back. We do need a backbone and some guts for that push. Let’s push!
This post up here, it’s from 2017, made me think about the witch hunt on nudity by the various social media once more. Although… social? Apparently social nudity is not their kind of social.
Why do people still get so worked up about this? Of course, we all know these platforms (Facebook, Google+ and lately Tumblr as well) are wrong in banning anything nude but they are calling their shots.
Faceborg bans artists who post anything resembling nudity yet they have no problem with beheading videos. Tumblr had to be sold to a place that didn’t want naked bits and pieces.
It’s a pathetic sign of the times, and I am convinced that everyone in the naked-life circuit is aware of all that.
I think it’s smarter to focus on the places where nudity is no problem, like Ello.co, Twitter and MeWe.
I’ve also located Ghost (link opens new tab) which might suit your needs.
This page mentions a few more options that might be interesting to you. Have a go, have a look and do report back what you found out!
Sensing energy? What’s that now?
Yes, and don’t worry, I’ll try to keep this levelheaded and with both feet on the ground. At times. Probably. In a way.
Maybe you laugh at the fact that people can sense energy. If you do, please keep reading. You might be in for another good laugh if nothing else.
I for one am convinced people sense energies. We are, after all, made of energy. Basic physics break us down to atoms, and atoms consist of energy particles: protons, electrons and neutrons.
Energy is also made of energy (hey, I’m awake, aren’t I?)
Did you ever meet someone you immediately liked? Or disliked? Without ever having met that person before in your conscious life? I blame that (dis)like on the exchange of energy between people. (Ready, laugh, go!)
The sensitivity to energy and its blocking.
Clothes (and this should not surprise you) are made of atoms as well. They’re not alive (which we are, and that’s probably not to blame on our own atoms) but they do contain energy particles inside their atoms. That’s what keeps everything together, even fabric. Or sand. But don’t let me digress.
Now imagine you are to meet a person or you are in a particular place that has, for instance, ley lines (yes, follow the link to the explanation, not everyone knows what ley lines are). Don’t you think you would be more sensitive and open to the energy of that other person or place when you’re not dressed? Clothes (energy) have the distinct possibility to block energy since they are made of energy as well. (Goodness, I hope I am not going in too deep here. Keep laughing if you feel like that.)
You can consider clothes to be a wall or an energetic interference between your body and the energy that is emitted by another body (be it human or otherwise).
I was brought onto this idea after a chat with someone on MeWe.com, who mentioned being more sensitive to energy when nude. That immediately made sense to me, because of a particular experience.
A few years ago I visited Wales (in the U.K.) and I went to look at some castles. Castles are cool. This particular castle up here wasn’t easy to get to. It involved several miles of climbing and walking through hills, and when I got there I was the only visitor. Not surprising considering the effort it took to get there.
Since there were no people around to complain about it, I undressed and wandered through the castle. That made a huge difference to me (and not because of the temperature, it was quite agreeable inside the walls). I could sense the energy of the place much better than with clothes on.
I wonder if this whole piece makes sense to you. Do you have experiences of sensing energy, and if yes, does it make a difference being nude?
I have set up a few Google alerts to inform me about interesting things regarding – you guessed it – naturism and nudism.
I got in a mail with a few links of interest that had one or more keywords in it, and the summary of one of them was highly surprising:
| For naturism blue 18 approximately three days blue for power ナチュリズム 3rd of the black oolong tea Rakuten kenko express: For naturism blue 18 approximately three days blue for power ♪ ナチュリズム 3rd of the black oolong tea [healthy supplement] [diet] …|
Okay, this looks weird. Naturism blue? Powder?
I doubt this powder will turn you into one of those (and if they have powder for the other colours too) so I decided to click the link. Sometimes I’m a fearless rebel without a clue, you should know.
And that is what I saw…
And yes, the label actually says Naturism!
Maybe someone who visits this particular article is experienced enough in Japanese to convey what this is all about. It made me laugh more than it should, but I like to laugh so that is all fine.
Of course now I wonder if there are other people who have discovered weird references to naturism, nudism or the nude way of life. I’d love to hear/ read about them because I always fancy a good laugh!
Yes. You. Do you like being nude? Do you like being among other nude people? Yes? If so, do you know how wealthy you are?
Really. I’m not kidding. I’m convinced that people like you and I are among the emotionally wealthiest folks around. The most mentally mature too in ways. Because we know people. Real people.
Nude people. Surprising? Hardly, I’d say. Nudists and naturists have overcome the ‘problems’ that so many people in this world have with skin, with a proper body. We know how real people look. We don’t need Photoshop to look our unattainable best either. All we need to do it take off our clothes and there we are. Our naked best.
The more time I spend in the nude, either alone or with others, the more I am surprised how being this way can ever be a problem. Of course, we all know it is because of the big brainwash that is advertisement, crazy body ideals that will never be possible, and the general fear of nudity as proclaimed by many forms of religion and other groups.
I know there are (religious) groups that aren’t scared of the naked body. That’s a good thing. I don’t dabble in religion but if ever I’d have to, I’d pick one where being naked would be the accepted norm, not something to be frowned upon.
But no matter what your preference is, religion-wise, the fact that you are reading this (and hopefully agreeing), tells me you’re a rich person. Rich in awareness that all bodies are good bodies. Perfect bodies, having become so after accepting what life threw at them. Not picture-perfect (as in Photoshop and so on) but, indeed, body-perfect.
The wealth of not being scared of nudity is something money can’t buy. It’s something experience and personal growth brings. Sometimes also upbringing, if you are/were fortunate enough to have open-minded, nudity embracing parents.
For that, I congratulate you, wealthy fellow human being.
That’s something I realised a while ago. Being undressed in the right weather / temperature conditions has become so natural to me that I hardly think about it.
That’s also the reason why I opened the front door naked a few times this summer; it was Very, really Very Warm for a long time.
The interesting bit was that some people, after their initial surprise, seemed to pay little mind to my (lack of) attire. Especially after explaining why I wasn’t wearing clothes. It was – in a way – weird to find that many people at the door understood the reason immediately, but that I had to explain the why to them first.
After hearing that, most of them agreed that it was a clever thing to do. Such encounters tell me that being naked is basically accepted by many people, but that the actual doing is something that doesn’t cross their mind until they see someone who actually does it. (Leading by example, anyone?)
But back to the original question: Do you still ‘know’ you’re naked when you’re naked?
Being naked has become natural to me. It’s the best way to be. I tell everyone who is open enough to hear it. (Which is a surprising thing too, sometimes people I least suspect of being open about nudity are most open about nudity.)
The thing I am sensitive about it temperature. Not being nude. And I’m curious to learn about your experiences!
How many of you think of the future in terms of naturism? I’ve discovered I’m doing that quite a lot lately. And why is that?
According to this article on the British Naturism website, their membership is on the rise since a long time, and they ‘blame’ (haha) the heatwave of this past year for that. That, I say, is a good sign for the future of naturism.
Heatwaves are going to be more common than they were, so there will be more opportunity, temperature-wise, to undress and be the way we like, naturists, nudists alike.
And although this sounds wonderful and great for ‘us’, there is of course the other side of the coin: heatwaves. Also drought. Ice caps melting. All those things aren’t that great for ‘us’ or ‘the others’ (the textile based life forms)
I realise that being naked as much of the time as possible isn’t going to save the world, but buying fewer clothes (which in turn makes that fewer have to be made) is a good start. It’s scary to consider, time and again, how much crap gets tossed into the environment by the clothing industry, one of the holy cows of society.
I sincerely hope that the world at large will come to its senses and stop messing things up for humanity. And no, “Save the planet” isn’t needed. The planet will survive us all, unless someone can’t keep his hands off a specific red button.
Not at all what we want. Hot is good as we can take off our clothes, but let’s agree there are limits to the kind of heat we all can take.
How much is too much?
This post is about MeWe.com, one of the new social networks that are popping up all over the interwebz. I’ve mentioned them before in this post about social networks that are nude-friendly. If anything, MeWe is that.
Great, so what’s the problem?
Granted, it is a luxury ‘problem’ but I do want to point it out. Since more and more people are fleeing to MeWe (even more since Google+ announced it will close it’s doors on August 2019), this means more and more nudists and naturists are heading over to MeWe too.
Now one thing that makes MeWe work, as far as I’ve seen, is that it’s great with communities and groups. There are loads of public groups you can join on a plenitude of topics.
With the current global mindset about nudity, groups regarding that aren’t considered ‘open’. We all understand that. This shouldn’t stop you from looking for nudist and naturist groups though. There are plenty of them.
And that’s where things get tricky
There are lots of them, and for some reason more and more people, probably with the best intentions, open new nudist / naturist groups and invite others to join those groups.
All very noble, but…
As you see, I am a member of 5 naturist groups at the moment.
(Everyone gets a free membership to MeWe News, which is read-only and it’s Hotel California for now: you can check out any time you want but you can never leave.)
As I am writing this, I have invitations for 4 more naturist groups waiting. I will however not join them, since it’s enough to try and keep up with those 5 groups. Truth be told, I am ignoring some of them because it’s just too much.
Imagine if I were to join those 4 others. Even more too much. I’d have to find someone to pay me for interacting with all of them because I wouldn’t have time for a job any more. Does that sound in any way familiar yet?
Don’t get me wrong: MeWe is a seriously great place for naked people. It’s just a bit of a bummer that so many well-meaning people are creating dozens (or more) groups, which isn’t helpful to create a more tight-knit naturist community.
I wonder if there would be a good way that INF-FNI would be able to get this organised. Since they are the international federation of naturists, I think there would be a nice opportunity for them to lay some more groundwork. Either that, or the local (country-wide) federations could set up camp there and create a kind of community.
At the moment the naturists on MeWe are becoming a group of shards that spreads out more and more…
Yes. Dressed. You know how that works. It’s putting on the dreaded clothing. We all have to once in a while, although occasionally there are people who avoid it in a brilliant way.
If you are in any way dealing with health hazards, I can imagine it’s smart to have some protection on. For instance when dealing with chemicals or toxic fumes.
Also when there are things around like hot metals or when you’re working with things that can throw dangerous waste around (for instance when working with metal) it’s a smart thing to have some protection around.
I, for instance, have discovered that wearing an apron in the kitchen can be a very skin-saving happening. Of course that’s not always a necessity, but when cooking (and especially baking) things that involve hot oil or hot water, it’s smart to be safe.
Examples of clothed jobs
What would you think of firefighters? Would anyone volunteer doing that in the nude? I would certainly don’t have the hots for that. (Okay, I agree, that was perhaps a bad one.)
Then there are people working in clean-rooms, where computer-chips are made. I’ve actually worked in one of those, and although it’s something you can do naked, it’s not going to happen. Clean-rooms need to be, indeed, clean, and walking around there without special clothes is going to contaminate the air with hair and skin flakes. Stuff that’s too small to see often, but on micro-chip scale those are huge problems.
Luckily not all jobs require clothing, although we’re facing the big, clothed world out there. I’m glad I can work from home once in a while and then I don’t have to put on things I don’t want.
What I would really like, and I’m probably not alone in this, is a job that doesn’t require clothes. Like working in a naturist resort, or even working in a naturist restaurant like there are in Bristol and Paris these days.
Of course I keep dreaming of a full-time job as a writer, having the freedom to work naked all the time.
What’s your favourite clothes-free job? Do you have one in mind? Do you actually work one? Tell me, I’d love to hear from you and get inspired!