We didn't live in some crazy nudist commune. We lived in a tiny
conscious community setting where participants were comfortable with
their own bodies. Where nudity wasn't immediately associated with overt
sexual behavior and lust. Naked babies freely crawled around on grass.
Both men and women practiced yoga, with and without clothing. Thousands
of photos were taken. We live in the day and age of
hyper-documentation! I could have taken this same picture countless
other times, during countless other yoga poses. Babies crawl around,
and when they see an opportune moment to drink from the breast, they
usually take advantage of this. No matter if the breast is upside down
or right-side up!
Instagram censoring Daughter of Sun's images is a joke to me. How any
of her images could be considered pornographic is beyond me. When a
breastfeeding woman becomes the target of corporate censorship, we know
something is wrong. Hopefully this creates a healthy dialogue and helps
to start opening peoples' eyes to how disconnected from mother nature we
The way I see it, this is simply a controversy about how comfortable one
is with his or her own human body. Unfortunately, most of us in
modernized cultures have been indoctrinated to to believe that all
nudity is somehow bad, that even little babies should be covered up in a
public places and even in nature. We fear the worst, and because of
this suppression, it has actually helped create and feed so many of the
true perverts of the world.
If we are encouraged to repress our own bodies and think of them as
unworthy to be naked in the sunlight and other earth elements, it
creates a pathology. It's that simple. That which is taboo begins to
express itself in an unbalanced fashion. The obsession with virtual
pornography is a perfect indicator of where we're at with sex, and
particularly how we view the female body.
Meanwhile sex is what drives so much of our media and consumerism in
general, which is inherently designed to feed off of this pathological
paradox. We live in an American culture that is for the most part so up
tight and out of touch with the earth, (the very planet that we live
on!) that even our own bodies have become tarnished in our collective
psyche, and for the most part remain unexplored and uncelebrated; at
least in a healthy context.
The good news for me is that I have no doubt all of this will change,
just as we see now how so many people across the earth are awakening to
the reality of the ecological crisis we are facing. This new level of
awareness is already permeating all aspects of our culture, as we
finally begin to emerge from the dark age.
Looking at this issue from a planetary level, one thing I'm not worried
about is destroying the earth. I think we should be more concerned with
destroying ourselves and our immediate neighbors in the biosphere. The
planet will continue to live on and evolve whether we participate or
not. I think most of us would prefer to be along for the ride though,
and I believe we still have a say in this matter! Can we evolve our way
of life so it is in tune and in real harmony with Mother Earth? Even
though so many people continue to live as if they could care less, I'm
pretty positive that deep down in our DNA, we just want to be living a
life of true harmony with our home planet. I suppose when we are
collectively more in tune with our own planet, it will be much easier to
handle a naked body relaxing in nature!
and a message from the Mama:
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A L O H A!