Tag: Get Naked With Joy

Sessions with Joy…

Hey lovelies,

This past week has been amazing! although I don’t have a permanent space in Victoria yet, I am currently staying at a live/work space in the heart of downtown Victoria. Yesterday was the first day of my new practice. I had an inspirational phone session first thing in the morning, then facilitated a Get Naked Yoga™ session via Skype, and during my afternoon I had three sacred sexuality coaching sessions.

I am about to head out the door to an evening yoga class then dinner with a friend, so I am going to keep this post short and sweet. I just want to say that I am feeling inspired, passionate, and liberated. I hope you are feeling the same! Have a beautiful evening.

From my heart to yours,

Joy

Naked laptop lifestyle

Hey lovelies,

This week I am staying in a sweet condo right in the heart of downtown Victoria. I am currently on building my new website and getting geared up for the launch of my Street Dharma program (focused on bringing programs that nourish the minds, bodies, and spirits of the homeless in my community).

Feeling passionate and truly excited! I hope you are having a blissful Sunday!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

I am going on an adventure…

Hey lovelies,

Today I packed up the lovely little willowpond cottage I have been staying at for the past month. I am heading to Victoria with my sister. We are staying at an air bnb right downtown. Hoping to have a fun adventure. Living out of a bed and breakfast may seem like a lot of fun…and it certainly has its moments, but packing your life up every month or so has its challenges.

However, I am grateful for this beautiful life I am living and enjoying the journey as it unfolds before me. I hope you are having a totally blissed out day!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

What rewilding means to me…

Hey lovelies,

This past week has been filled with a lot of sudden change, which has been a tad difficult for me. However, I know that the only constant is change and I accept the challenges life throws at me. People deal with difficult times in so many different ways. One of the things I have found helpful is Rewilding.

According to Dictionary.com rewild means:

rewild [ree-wahyld
verb (used with object)
“1. to introduce (animals or plants) to their original habitat or to a habitat similar to their natural one: proposals to rewild elephants to the American plains.”
“2. to return (land) to a more natural state: rewilding an unpopulated island for use as an animal preserve.”
For me, Rewilding means:
To reconnect with nature and return one’s spirit to a more natural state.
Yesterday morning I woke up feeling emotionally overwhelmed. Rather than give in to my emotions, I challenged myself to get up and go experience the rugged beauty Salt Spring Island has to offer. A friend of mine who is a hobbyist photographer picked me up and we went out to find a spot to take some photos.
As we were driving, I decided I wanted to be near the water. While looking for a place, we came upon Stowel Lake. I have a long history of swimming at Stowel with my husband Mountain (soon to be my ex-husband) and our four gorgeous kids. As we pulled up, it was as if the lake called to me. I checked the temperature; it was 37 degrees Fahrenheit, which is approximately 2.78 degrees Celcius. A little cold for a swim, but I am a tough cookie.
For me, there is something deeply therapeutic about water. My family home (which my mom still lives in) is located directly across from the Pefferlaw river and quite close to Lake Simcoe. Because of my proximity to water during my childhood, I grew up canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, and swimming. Other than making love with someone I care deeply about, nothing frees my soul like swimming.
I honestly wasn’t sure if I would be brave enough to get in the freezing cold water. I stripped down and immediately felt the cool splash of rain droplets on my skin. It took me a few minutes, but I finally walked knee high into the water. I rapidly turned back; the cold was too much. As I walked away from the water, I felt sadness ripple through my mind, body, and spirit. So I turned back around, took a deep breath and dove in. As the cold water rushed over my body I imagined that I would leave my sadness behind for mother nature to transform.
It was liberating and exhilarating and I felt a renewed sense of joy…
I hope you are having a beautiful day.
From  my heart to yours,
Joy

What does it mean to be naked?

Hey lovelies,

I had an interesting discussion with a retired sociology major on Facebook messenger this morning. Our conversation began with my standard message response “Sorry, I don’t chat.” He asked me why I have 1,695 Facebook friends but don’t chat with them or get to know them. I began telling to him that I am inundated with spam, demeaning comments, and pornographic images and videos (I have always boycotted porn) so I am very hesitant when it comes to communicating with random people online.

Our conversation was interesting and brings me to this blog post. During our discussion, he politely asked me if it was possible that the phrase “Get Naked With Joy” gives men the wrong idea. Before I answer that question here in this post, let’s look at the meaning of the word naked:

na·ked
ˈnākid/

With this in mind, when I say, “Get naked with Joy” I am here baring my body and my soul to the world in an authentic and non-sexual manner. The overwhelmingly positive emails, messages, and comments of support I have received recently continue to inspire me and fortunately for me, they outweigh the undesirable ones.

You do not have to “get naked” with me to read my blog. You do not even have to agree with social nudity, naturism, or the benefits of earthing. I am not here to make a political statement or change your point of view. At the same time, I will not allow the small percentage of the world that thinks nudity = sexual to taint my journey. Being naked is natural and liberating for me but that is just my two cents.

I hope you are having a truly beautiful day!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

Photo: I am sharing this live photo today because it was captured by my photographer as I was climbing down from the Gary Oak tree we had been shooting on. It is a candid moment that to me, speaks to the pure bliss I feel while I am naked in nature. To see the GIF in motion please head to my Twitter account.

 

Why?

Hey lovelies,

Today someone commented on one of my photos and simply said, “Why?”. I could only assume that they were asking me why I am on this journey. Why am I outside during the middle of a coastal winter naked? The deeper answer to this question will come over time. But the short answer is simple.

I am on this journey to Rewild myself. I was married at the age of 20 to a man much older than myself. We had been in a relationship since I turned 19. My first marriage was savage. It ended on a brutal note and I rapidly fell in love with Mountain, the man I thought I would spend the rest of my life with.

Last year Mountain and I made some choices that forever changed our relationship and our marriage ended. We are working on re-building our friendship. We are re-shaping our lives individually while trying to co-parent. He is still in the Midwest. I am on the West Coast of Canada. We are no longer lovers. I literally lost the other half of myself.

Which brings me to this very moment. I was talking to my sister about the Gary Oak tree that I have been photographed in front of recently. It was once two trees intertwined, but something happened (I wish I knew what) and now those trees are laying beside each other. Their roots lay side by side yet they are no longer connected. It is interesting that I feel so drawn to this particular tree at this time in my life.

It is healing for me. There is something primal about stripping down to nothing but my bare skin and connecting with nature that feeds my soul on an incredibly deep level. The fact that I feel like I have lost half of myself speaks to my need to:

  • Re-wild.
  • Reconnect.
  • Re-nurture.
  • Re-nature.
  • Receive.

So here I am. Raw, open, and vulnerable. But I am also strong, vibrant, and slowly but surely, my wild spirit is returning.

I hope you are having a beautiful Sunday!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

The first picture of me is in Fairfield, Iowa and the second one is here in BC in front of the tree I was speaking of.

Naturist Laptop Lifestyle

Hey lovelies,

I drifted into dreamland much earlier than normal last night. I slept beautifully and my sleep was filled with mystical dreams. The images from my dreams stayed in my mind this morning when I awoke. My house was quiet except for the sound of my neighbour’s rooster crowing in the background.

I got up, turned my kettle on then went to my favourite spot in my home to check my emails. As I was sitting responding to messages and comments, I received an email that stood out. One of my blog readers mentioned that their favourite photo of me so far is the one where I am sitting at my kitchen table working in just a sweater.

I found this perception very interesting. My sister Grace and I were talking about this yesterday. I sometimes forget that my lifestyle is not mainstream. I work from home, often times sitting fully nude, other times partially dressed and many times outside in nature. The weather here is much colder than you may imagine, but I still challenge myself to push my own boundaries and get outside naked even when the temperature is near freezing.

Today, however, I was cozied up in my chair gazing out at my beautiful view working until I arrived at my sister’s home to work on some collaborative projects. When I came to Grace’s house for a bit of work then some tub time, we set the intention for our day by starting with a smudge.

Now it is time for our “hot tub meeting”. I hope you are enjoying this beautiful day. Happy Friyay!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

Getting Naked With Joy

Hey lovelies,

A new friend of mine, Roque, went on an adventure with me the other day. We both enjoy poetry, nature, and we also share a deep love of outdoor exploration. Roque decided he wanted to come check out Salt Spring so he hopped on the 9 a.m. ferry and headed over to the eclectic and stunningly beautiful island where I currently live. Roque got to my home just before my sister, Grace, arrived for our two-hour “work” day. We chatted for a bit, then, once my sister arrived, he went on a solo outing to see if he could find some cool things to photograph.

Roque is passionate about photography, as am I, so he brought a variety of vintage cameras, including some Polaroid cameras with him. It was a fascinating experience having him excitedly share his passion for film, cameras, and specifically vintage camera equipment. After discussing photography for a bit, we decided to drive around and find a place to shoot.

We ventured out to Burgoyne Bay. I had just completed a photo shoot with another photographer there a couple days earlier and realized that there were a few shots we forgot to do. In my mind, it seemed perfectly natural to drive out there with this newly discovered photographer and friend.

Even more than just being nude, I love being naked in nature. When I say “nude”, I mean wearing no clothing. When I say “naked”, there is a deeper meaning for me. Being naked is an emotional and spiritual experience for me, but somehow, when I stepped out into the same field I had been photographed naked in just a couple days earlier, I knew it was not the right day for me to have a photo shoot. As if Roque’s thoughts were in sync with mine, he climbed up the tree and began connecting with his surroundings.

What I witnessed was beautiful, but it is not my story to tell. When I asked Roque if he could write something about his experience for this blog, this is what he shared:

Getting naked with Joy or getting naked in nature feels like you are experiencing the breeze, trees, grass, and sky for the first time. Like My primordial being was home. This experience reminded me that I must be true to myself, accept myself, and love me.

I have been thinking a lot about Neruda poetry. So here is one really fitting

By Pablo Neruda:

“Naked you are simple as one of your hands;
Smooth, earthy, small, transparent, round.
You’ve moon-lines, apple pathways
Naked you are slender as a naked grain of wheat.

Naked you are blue as a night in Cuba;
You’ve vines and stars in your hair.
Naked you are spacious and yellow
As summer in a golden church.

Naked you are tiny as one of your nails;
Curved, subtle, rosy, till the day is born
And you withdraw to the underground world.

As if down a long tunnel of clothing and of chores;
Your clear light dims, gets dressed, drops its leaves,
And becomes a naked hand again.”

Thank you Roque for sharing this experience with me and granting me permission to share our collective experience in this post.

The featured image was taken by another photographer on Sunday.

I hope you are having a truly blissful day!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

 

 

 

Connection and Photos

Hey lovelies,

Yesterday was an interesting experience for me. On New Year’s day I had an incredibly unique photographic experience with a photographer I met for the first time. Since then, he and I have developed a connection on both personal and professional levels. We both love photography, but more importantly, what we love about photographing people is capturing the essence of that person’s inner being during a candid moment.

Yesterday, what made my day so interesting is that I hosted a photo shoot at my home. This beautiful young model, Skye, spent a couple hours on a ferry and arrived on the eclectic island of Salt Spring for her shoot with my friend. The main intention of Skye’s photo shoot was to capture a beautiful head shot to add to her modelling portfolio. The intention of my participation in her shoot was to use a few of my breakthrough techniques to help Skye expand her natural confidence and embrace her beauty on a more profound level.

Skye was lovely to work with. She is a gorgeous woman both inside and out. She has a background in dance, which helps her tap into her inner strength and hold space for herself during a photo shoot. After connecting through the power of energy, reflexology, and guided meditation, something divine unfolded. It can be challenging for a model to share their inner beauty, their inner strength, and also share their inner vulnerability during a photo shoot. But Skye was able to do this and more. I literally saw Skye step into herself and open on a deeper level. It is an honour to witness Skye blossoming into herself as she walks down her path as a model, social media influencer, and dancer. After her shoot was complete, Skye gifted each of us a reading from her Medicine Cards. The process was illuminating, Skye is a woman of many talents.

I mentioned Skye’s photo shoot to a friend. Naturally, he immediately thought Skye was naked during her photo shoot. So, in case it crossed your mind, Skye was fully clothed at all times. during her shoot This brings me to an important point.

People can get “naked” with me without being nude…

The photos in this post were taken by me on my iPhone 7 Plus (except the ones of Skye and I together).

To support Skye on her path, please follow her on Instagram: @skyekinsella_

From my heart to yours,

Joy