4 reasons to meditate naked

naked-meditationIf you already practice meditation, you probably embrace the numerous benefits of it. If you have not already done so, I invite you to take off all your clothes and start meditating entirely naked. Here are four reasons it will enhance your experience.

1. No compressing elastic at the waist

Even though you may wear a lose yoga pant, the strap at the waist will compress a little and will limit the free flow of chi, your vital energy. It’s subtle, but I always feel it, and if I have to wear pants, my attention is focused on this feeling of the strap encircling my waist. So better get rid of it. This is although true for bras for women. Get rid of them for your meditation.

2. All your skin is breathing freely

One of the common way to start meditating is to focus your attention on your breathing. What I’ve been taught when I began meditating is to imagine your entire body is breathing, every inch of your skin. When you are naked, you can feel the air around you and imagine it penetrate your skin. I generally start with legs, then arms, belly, torso, back, neck and head. Just imagine the chi penetrating your skin from the sun and the surrounding air.

3. You can feel the earth beneath you

Whether you meditate sitting or lying, without clothes on, your body is in direct contact with the couch, the bed or the floor. You can focus your attention on those contact points and feel them on your bare skin. With this, you gain a better understanding on this wonderful enveloppe of yours that is your skin.

4. Once tried, adopted

Once you start meditating, you can feel the benefits rapidly. Once you start meditating naked, you will quickly feel so good in your own body that you will not want to wear anything than your birthday suit. It’s difficult to describe the feeling of freedom and relaxation of meditating naked. If you can, try meditating naked in nature, in your garden or in a forest. This will increase more the quality of your meditation, of course if you are in complete security and do not fear to be seen.

Meditation is a simple practice that takes just a few minutes of your day but can bring so much to the quality of your life that it would be a pity not to embrace it. Naked meditation brings the practice to another level, by opening a new level of feeling of freedom and regaining the senses through our skin. It does not require much, just stripping off entirely and enjoying intensely the moment.

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Adding naked meditation to my morning routine

I liked Fabien’s article on meditation. Although my decision to add naked meditation to my morning routine is not linked to this article, I wanted to share the thinking process that led me there and the current benefits I am seeing. Let me start by saying that we are all creatures of habits and like all of us, I have many. Some good, like working out or running every day, some less good, like drinking too much coffee, some bad, like losing my temper too fast. I have been working on replacing bad habits with good habits, since I started meditation courses a long, long time ago. Although I am still working on replacing bad habits, I dropped meditation a while back.

Now, one of my bad habits is losing my temper too fast. I wanted to work on this for a long time, finding a way to get calmer and answer stress with calm and positivity. Because I do not believe in random encounters but believe life throw things at you when you are ready to get them, it happened somebody (I believe it’s my in-laws or my wife maybe) dropped the Art of Meditation audio book, by Matthieu Ricard, a famous Buddhist monk, in my car. Some days ago, while I was looking for a CD to listen, I found this audiobook and started to listen to it. It immediately reminded me of my meditation courses. After fifteen minutes or so, it became obvious to me that, after my morning workout, instead of waiting 15 to 20 minutes to stop sweating before taking a shower, I could use this time to meditate.

So approximately two weeks ago, after a morning naked run (yes, I run naked and if you wonder how and why, read this), I drank a glass of water, grabbed a towel and sat in the garden, facing the sun, starting meditating. All that I learned long time ago came back almost instantaneously and my mind started quickly to wander, ideas spreading from all over the place, and I was coming back on my breathing, feeling the air coming into my nose and out of my mouth. Shortly, I felt good, in peace, soaking the energy from the sun irradiating my body. Enjoying the moment, I could hear the birds, feeling the wind on my body and the flow of pure energy in my body. Finally, I ended up my meditation with the recitation in my mind of my day goals and my big ones for the year, using visualization techniques to see my objectives realized. I came back to the world by touching and caressing my body, nothing sexual but sensual, feeling each square centimeters of skin to appreciate my body and what it was doing for me.

I was hooked. I was feeling so well that I decided to add naked meditation to my morning routine on that day. Since them, I am meditating every day, 15 to 20 minutes, closer to 15 than 20 actually. The immediate effect of these morning naked meditations is a clearer mind, an increased concentration, the faster realization of goals because of the increased focus and the decline of caffeine consumption, replacing coffee by green tea (a wonderful green and jasmine tea I discovered in my kitchen cupboard). I will see if I continue in the long term, but this seems to be part of putting in place a new habit.

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