Friday, June 21, 2013


We come dressed with our own concerns, ideas, needs, prejudices, thoughts, moods and beliefs. For most of us, each one of our outfits is a disguise. Our outerwear covers our fears, our insecurities, our sense of being lost, our feelings of loneliness, our longings, our frustration and our sadness. We come across to the world with attitudes, ego-trips, arrogance, dependence, manipulation, a sense of knowing-it-all or not needing anyone or anything. This coverup deepens our separation from others.

What if we came naked? Free from attitudes, biases, assumptions, moods and opinions, we could see others as they are and they could see us as we are. If we relate to one another with no masks on, we could understand, help, enjoy and love each other. When we are unveiled, we release the pressure to fill others' expectations of us. In turn, we allow others to be themselves with us. In our wounded and fearful culture, we need healing, peace, acceptance and empathy. We want to love and be loved. We can only start the mending if we are real.

Today is a good day to come as we truly are. Let's bare ourselves of the self-imposed guises we wear. Let's open our hearts and our minds to the beauty that lies within us and others. When we do, we can really connect to and enjoy each other. We may even be surprised by how much we are understood and loved. Let's get naked.

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