I’m a very loving person, if I don’t say so myself. I don’t bother anyone and I focus on my creativity and being of service to the world. I dedicate most of my time to teaching people how to be happy, loving and healthy. How to heal from old trauma and transcend the drama of our story, how to create the life of your dreams and to be free.
That being said, I can’t help but wonder why twice in one day, some strange anonymous yoga hater reported 2 of my photos on facebook. Right away, facebook police contacted me letting me know they were removing my images and now I am blocked from uploading any pics for 7 full days.
The photos weren’t even nude, that’s the strange part.
There is a lot of nudity out there, so believe me, I know the difference between nudity and tasteful creative artwork.
I have been on some profiles of people who are even under the legal age of 18 who have many nude photos and no one seems to care about those…
I posted this photo a few days ago, and it is one of 2 that were reported. (I’m not even sure which the other picture was, as facebook didn’t tell me – they just automatically removed it).
This image was created by one of my favorite photographers, Mikal Roberts. We had in mind to do something like Marisa Miller’s Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Edition cover, but with the intention of making it more spiritual. I was wearing several strands of the sacred crystal and rudraksha mala beads I got while I was in India a few years ago.
All possible signs of nakedness have been airbrushed out and the essence of the shot was very calming and serene I believe.
In a world of double standards and puritanical fundamentalism, at times I tend to push the envelope and see what people are open to. I guess that stems from my own path where I was raised with very liberal parents and later in my adult years I became engulfed in the Christian Church to be ‘saved’.
Having experienced both extreme ends of the spectrum, I dare to say I have found a place happily in the middle and am at great peace with my self image and self esteem.
The essence here is simple: I feel it is time for a new era in human consciousness. One where judgment, jealousy and anger cease and we can truly ‘LIVE and let LIVE’ as the saying goes.
One person finds nudity appalling, another chooses to live nude all the time. One religious group feels the elbows must be covered so as not to distract the eyes and minds, another seeks to gain control of our mental and physical urges through meditation and conscious awareness based living.
In my opinion, it is all good!
I don’t judge the fundamentalists or post hate messages or report their photos and I would appreciate the same kindness to be shown toward me.
After all, we do live in America, the land of freedom of speech, expression and creativity, don’t we?
I’m not suggesting that it is completely acceptable to walk around nude or to post vulgar photos online. I do understand and see that those actions can be seen as leading a poor example for youth perhaps. On the other hand, there is so much vulgarity, isn’t it about time we shine a little sacred light upon the beauty and grace of our physical form?
In a world where body dysmorphia and low self esteem issues run rampant, it is time for a more positive light to be caste upon the subject of nudity, health and the physical body. As long as we are human beings on earth, we will never do away with these bodies, so we might as well grow to love and accept them as they are. Appreciate true beauty when we see it and learn when to bite the tongue, when to click away from what we don’t appreciate and focus on what we want to create in our own lives.
After all, we live in a paradoxical era where sex sells and we are being bombarded by skin everywhere we turn. We see it everywhere from the beach, to the gym, hot yoga classes, magazines, movies, tv and everything in between. Where do we draw the line between what is acceptable and what is not? When it is appropriate and when it is not?
It is all a matter of perception.
When we can accept others as they are, appreciate their beauty and allow it to shine without feeling inferior or jealous, we have transcended the duality of me vs. you, that is when we can look upon a gorgeous photo of someone else and celebrate their boldness, courage, vitality and health and see the radiant mirror reflecting back to us that can inspire a life of creativity and joy.
What are your thoughts?
I’d love to hear from you.
Leave a comment or come visit me on my facebook page.
And to everyone who already posted your thoughts and love on facebook — I LOVE YOU GUYS!
You are the light and shining examples of humans – being, allowing others to live and let live.
I celebrate you!
Love all ways,
Dashama is the author of Journey to Joyful, creator of 30DYC Global Yoga Challenge, Perfect 10 Lifestyle online community, Pranashama Yoga Institute teacher certification program in Bali and Yoga For Foster Children. You can connect with her on Facebook