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Hi, I created this group for people who would like to talk about how nudism has affected how they see themselves. I'd love to hear your stories particularly if it has helped you with self-confidence or self-acceptance. I didn't really like my body before I started spending time naked outside and I've always been quite a confident person but now I am free of the fear of 'being seen' when not at my best or when I am having a raw human moment. I've put up a few selfies to get our photo sharing started and I've added a few notes to each one sharing what I see in the picture or felt at the time. This reflects my introspective self-awareness, how I see myself. I welcome you to share what you see (non-sexual please) to help me build my relational self-awareness, understanding what others see in me, and if you would like to share your own photos we can all do this for each other :-)

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Honestly, I'm still learning more about the practice with other nudists. But telling a little bit of my story, I started nudism without even knowing what it was, in my adolescence I accidentally came across my swimming teacher at the time naked changing my clothes to start the class, because of my age I didn't think about anything sexual , but it woke me up to the feeling of experiencing being naked and it was so liberating.
As time went by, practicing alone in my room, I ended up liking myself more, before a feeling that I didn't feel well, I felt ugly was passing away, and I learned to like it more in my own way. I think nudism helped me a lot to accept myself, and I hope that's the way it is with other people. I haven't gotten to practice with other people yet, or in an open place, but I hope to get to that moment, for now socializing with the people in the chat is helping me a lot to know more about the practice, in addition to encouraging me more and more to seek a nudist spot.

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thank you for sharing :-) it is a lovely story of realisation, to learn that you enjoy being naked and that you can learn to just accept yourself as you are in that state, simple yet powerful. I know on the site here quite a bit of emphasis is placed on being socially nude, as in being naked with others you are physically present with, however I think the journey of self-awareness and self-acceptance, however private, is the more crucial aspect - would you agree?

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@Simone_b_free Thank you for putting this group together! Hopefully It can provide meaningful conversation for each of our members.

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I found that that being naked in the presence of others is a natural way of uniting body soul and spirit. I recall the few times I have been with others naked and remember I found no barriers. I remember it was still odd that I was talking to a completely naked woman
for the first time and it was as if I have always done it. It was as if we were old friends. I mentioned a woman because my experience in the textile world was that men should not see women naked, so to my mind it should have been odd, but it wasn't. Here we both were, displaying our entire bodies, inclusive of the supposedly hidden parts, and none of us thought it to be strange. I still remember undressing in front of her and her man. I didn't hesitate for a moment and felt no shame or embarrassment. Subsequently the same experience of connection happened a few times. I think it is that being naked together is natural and sheds all pretences. One can just be yourself and therefore discover yourself for who you are, inside and out.

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I started thinking about a quote by Nikos Kazantzakis (possibly best known for Zorba the Greek) that seemed to be relevant here: I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free. Hoping for nothing, perhaps covers the "not at my best" aspect - not worrying about it being a bad hair day, or wishing that you'd done a bit more exercise. The fear part covers being seen, and even seeing yourself. It sounds to me as if it's simply about being open and honest with yourself as much as anyone else. I've since found another quote from the same author: Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.

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Thankyou Simone. I have found that being able to be nude out in public has made me a calmer person. My beach is my happy place where I go to unwind and relax and we have a great little friendship group there.

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Hi! Thanks for starting this group. Reading some of these posts brings back lots of memories for me, especially the awful first gym class to showers experience. Let's just say it was quite embarrassing for me and I was called a few names that day. But as often so true in life, it was easier the next day and the day after that. Now, almost 50 years later, I have some of the same trepidation about being in a social nudity setting. I recently discovered the simple joys of being nude. Maybe 6 weeks ago? And I practice it every chance I get. I'm quite comfortable with my body and the fact I am far from a chiseled Greek God. I am who I am, and I'm ok with it. In fact, the impetus I have know to lose a pound or two (or 20) is for when I don't have clothes on. The social nudity experience? Yes, I want it, some day, even with the threat of repeating that awful day all those years ago. Because like then, it will get easier.
Thanks for listening.

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I just joined this group to see what it's all about, we have been nudist since the early 80's on our boat and with friends in Alaska, we are looking for friends local to the Spokane area to share our secluded property with.

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Exactly, I believe that nudism itself the best advantage is the high acceptance, of being able to feel good about yourself, feeling beautiful. Many people believe that they have gone through the stage of not accepting or being sad thinking that a part of the body is bad.

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@Simone_b_free Thank you for putting this group together! Hopefully It can provide meaningful conversation for each of our members.

Jock great to have you moderating with Simone. Thanks

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