Naked In Nature
Added: August 8, 2017 | Runtime: 03:34 | 843 views
This exercise is about reconnecting with the essential sensual self as a part of nature and is inspired by Andrés from Andrés Sacred Intimate: http://andressacredintimate.com/
• For this exercise, see if you can find a safe, comfortable location that allows nudity. It could be a park, a resort, or a friend’s fully enclosed back yard. Choose a nice day (sunny or with occasional clouds), with a temperature that is comfortable and won’t be too hot or cold.
Beginning the exercise:
Set up and begin your timer.
Disrobe, and find a spot to lay on the ground. If possible and comfortable, lay directly on thick cool grass. If that isn’t possible, then use a sheet, a towel, or a blanket on the ground beneath you.
Take five slow breaths, with slow exhales. Don’t exhaust yourself; just take in a healthy amount of air, and let is roll slowly out of you. It should take approximately twice as long to let out the air, as it takes to suck it in. make them full and complete breaths; don’t rush it.
For the duration of this exercise, your one and only responsibility is to experience your complete exposure to the world an it’s elements. Lay back as feels comfortable, and begin the focus on connecting to your five senses.
We know the five senses to be: sight, sound, touch, taste, smell. The steps that follow are suggestions, but they do not have to be followed in any order. Alternate, and depending on where you are in the process, circle back through the senses, as the experience changes.
(Sight) Look up into the sky. What do you see? What color is it? Are there birds flying overhead? Consider that you are laying exposed theoretically to the whole Universe, with only the ground beneath you supporting you. How does that make you feel?
(Smell) What smells can you detect? Can you smell yourself? Others? Plants, the earth, other unknown odors carried over by the breeze? How does it feel to be fully exposed to the odors you sense?
(Touch) What does the ground (or the material you are laying on) feel like? Is it different on different parts of your body? What does your skin feel like that is not touching the ground? Is it being “touched” by a breeze, or the air surrounding you? How do you feel being touched in these ways by nature? How does it feel to be vulnerable to this touch?
(Sound) What sounds do you hear? Are they identifiable? Are there sounds you have probably been around before, but you have not truly paid attention to, like wind, perhaps? Where do you sense the sounds to be coming from? What are the subtler sounds?
(Taste) Starting with your mouth closed, taste your mouth. Open your mouth gently. Taste the air around you. If there is a breeze, allow it to caress your tongue. What does it taste like? What could be the reasons for its taste? What tastes are you craving, in those moments?
Complete the exercise, then spend a few minutes sitting in silence, appreciating what you have learned, and how it may be practiced in other parts of your life.
There are seemingly infinite possibilities of modifying this exercise. You can spend some of your time lying on your back, and part of the time lying on your stomach. You could invite a friend. If with a friend, you could hold hands through this exercise, and share what you are sensing and feeling.
Consider taking an item or two to take into the experiment. For example, a piece of fruit, and a stone. Practice exploring both with your sentences, and see how it expands your learning.