How do you feel about yourself naked?

September 29, 2018 by Joshua
in Choosing/Decision-Making, Fitness, Nature, Nonjudgment

You’re naked every day. You’re naked under your clothes.

How do you feel about yourself naked?

Do you love your body? I mean love how it looks, works, and feels?

I’m not talking vanity, envy, or pride. I’m not talking about conforming to others’ values or imposing yours on others.

Look at your body in a full-length mirror. Feel it. Hear it. Smell it. Alone with yourself. Just you. Nobody else.

Your body is everything material about you in this world. Your clothes and possessions are all separate. They aren’t you, no matter how much make-up, jewelry, and so on you accessorize yourself with.

Your friends, family, and so on aren’t you either. I hope you love them too, but they aren’t your body.

You have control over your body. You can’t choose your height, eye color, or many other things, but you can make it fit your values and aesthetic sense or not. I don’t think many people love their bodies.

You have your values and aesthetic sense. You know your limitations and can live a life that leads your body to meet your aesthetic sense subject to those limitations.

I think many people who don’t love their bodies, even given their limitations, try to change their values and aesthetic sense to meet their bodies they don’t love instead of living lifestyles so their bodies evolve to their values and aesthetic senses, even when they can. I bet that more people fit that description than ever.

I hope you love your body. If you don’t, I hope you know what you can do to reach loving yours and that you reach the body you can.

The sculpture below is someone else’s ideal, probably not yours. Are you yours?

Michelangelo's David

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2 responses on “How do you feel about yourself naked?

  1. Great inspirational post Josh! It’s our choice how we accept our body and love it. We can change what we are able to.

    • Thank you.

      On a related note, I recorded my morning and evening calisthenics routines so will post those videos soon. Although my practice began with burpees, which remain the core, this Wikipedia quote led me to start using the term calisthenics:

      “The word callisthenics comes from the ancient Greek words kallos (κάλλος), which means “beauty” or “beautiful” (to emphasize the aesthetic pleasure that derives from the perfection of the human body), and sthenos (σθένος), meaning “strength” (great mental strength, courage, strength and determination). It is the art of using one’s bodyweight as resistance in order to develop physique.”

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