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The Beauty of Nakedness

As we begin a New Year most of us spend time reflecting on the year behind us and begin to envision what we want to accomplish in the year ahead. If you are like me you do a lot of self reflection and begin to think about the interpersonal house cleaning that needs to happen. I consider who and what I need to let go of and what I need more of in order to stay focused and accomplish all that I set out to do. Year after year we resolve to follow our dreams but unless we are willing to get naked with ourselves and take a transparent look at the things that hold us back, our dreams will never become reality.

About two years ago I had the privilege of going to a Korean Day Spa just north of Atlanta. I had never experienced a day spa of this kind but I assure you it was one of the most liberating experiences of my life. The atmosphere of the spa commands a spirit of tranquility and reflection. From the time my feet touched the heated marble floors until my personal full body scrub I found myself engulfed in a spiritual oasis where I encountered physical, emotional and spiritual nakedness. Words are inadequate to describe the beauty of having the emotional space to get naked with yourself and God while He allows you to see the effects of the contaminates of life and then gives you the courage to let them go.

Each activity at the spa prepared me for a total cleansing in mind, body and spirit. The igloo saunas each have different healing properties and serve to bring impurities to the surface of mind and body creating a mental and spiritual detox. The multiple whirlpools seem to cleanse the spiritual impurities and finally the full body scrub literally washed away the physical impurities creating an incredible feeling of renewal. For me the whole experience was life changing because I was willing to step out of my comfort zone and get completely naked physically, emotionally and spiritually. The result was an awakening of who I am created to be when I am free and no longer clothed in life’s contaminants. As we travel through life we often become contaminated with hurt,indifference, disappointment, anger, unforgiveness, guilt, shame, greed,etc. Over time these things weigh us down and if we are not careful they will keep us from discovering and living the abundant life God intended.

Maybe you are thinking about starting that business, getting a new job, ending a dysfunctional relationship, improving your spiritual life, getting out of debt, improving your health..you fill in the blanks. I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and become totally transparent with yourself and allow God to show you the beauty of your nakedness. The result will be the freedom to live the life you were created to live.


 

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