by Patti Logan
NUDE TIME BY PATTI ANNE LOGAN ============================= The following is an article written by Patti Logan which appeared in the January, 1997, AANR Bulletin. Reproduced here with permission. A brief bio provided by Patti: Patti Logan was a plainly-dressed, stay-at-home, straight-laced homemaker with a large family. Now she's a full-time secretary with silver-streaked hair, attends a liberal church and practices assertiveness skills in even the simplest situations. The nudist lifestyle has enhanced this transformation, and is symbolic of the change. She's naturally optimistic, enjoys crafts, and thrives on being with people. Her home club is Forest Murmurs Travel Club based in Lacey, Washington. A spokesperson for women and nudism on the Internet and in print, Patti has been a member of the Northwest Nudist Association for over seven years. ------------------------------------------------------------------- The Bulletin is the magazine put out by the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR). The Bulletin 1703 N. Main St. Kissimmee, FL 34744-3396 1-800-879-6833 AANR's WWW page: http://www.aanr.com ======================================= Nude Time by Patti Anne Logan "Two days relaxed me like a month of vacation." "Time stood still!" "It seemed that we had all the time in the world." "I don't ever want to leave." Time and time again, I hear similar statements from those who have experienced even a few hours of life at a nudist resort. Nude time IS different time. When we take off our clothes (and forget our watches), we function under different time rules. It's like moving into a time-warp where clocks are no longer important. Time slows down for attention to people and relationships...or relaxation and play...or meditating and walking...or resting...or painting or crafts... or whatever YOU like to do when you are nude. What makes it so? The Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos. Chronological time is what most of us contend with most of our days. Rush to make the meeting at 10:00 a.m. Go to lunch at noon. Hurry and fix dinner before the family arrives at 5:30. Turn on the TV so you won't miss your favorite show at 7:00 p.m. And so on. Kairotic time is spiral, chaotic, intuitive, spontaneous, and unquantifiable. Events occur according to some unexplained, illogical, interconnected, but nevertheless progressive clockwork. One can almost feel the Master Time-Keeper behind the scenes. According to Sam Keen in Hymns to an Unknown God, in the chapter called, "Taking Your Time: Kairos and Chronos": Chronological time is what we measure by clocks and calendars; it is always linear, orderly, quantifiable, and mechanical. Kairotic time is organic, rhythmic, bodily, leisurely, and aperiodic; it is the inner cadence that brings fruit to ripeness, a woman to childbirth, a man to change his direction in life at just the right moment. Pass through the gates of almost any clothing-optional resort, and chronological time ceases to exist. The whole picture changes. We slip into kairotic time. People look into the eyes of those they are talking with. Friends pitch in to help someone in trouble. Members spend hours together sharing a project or problem, never thinking of the passing of time. Conversations continue until they end naturally, and may resume at any time that either party wishes. Silence is possible. Solitude or fellowship can be enjoyed to the fullness. Everything switches from Pacific Daylight or Eastern Standard to a Clothing-Optional timeframe. Sam Keen says this about kairos time: The realm of the spirit operates on kairotic rather than chronological time. Nothing graceful happens by the numbers. .... It is certainly a mistake to expect the Holy Spirit to arrive on schedule, either in the form of the assurance of pardon at church at eleven on Sunday morning or as a simultaneous orgasm at 9:41 on Saturday night. Great and soulful events -- falling in love, openings to the Beyond-Within, the birth of ideas and babies -- march to no tick-tock but appear in their own good time, when the heart is prepared and the moment is ripe. One reason I enjoy going nude anytime is this acknowledgment of and relaxation into kairotic time. Have you noticed that even planned events at nudist resorts rarely begin on time? If something planned doesn't quite work out and a substitution is made extemporaneously, the participants most likely relish the new activity. And no one complains. They're running on Clothing-Optional Time! One more observation on nude time: eventually, it escapes the place of origin. When I first visited a clothing-optional resort, I noticed a difference in my own actions immediately. I had fallen into nude (kairos) time. I liked the feeling and it refreshed my body, my mind, and my spirit. I began to look forward to those times of inactivity and relaxation. But something greater happened in the process. Through the passing of time, the Star Trek warp-like change from one sense of the passing of events to the other--from chronos to kairos, and then kairos to chronos--finally became irreversible for me. After several years of spending my weekends at our club and traveling to Nude Swims in our area, I catch myself living in kairos time when I have my clothes on! Sam Keen gives special instructions for encouraging kairotic practices to end his chapter on Time: Set aside regular times for meditative thinking, recollection, and silence. As a practical matter, it is good to rise early enough to set the tone of your upcoming day by enjoying leisurely moments -- a graceful caress, a ritual shower of purification, a consecrated breakfast, a conversation about what matters with family or friend. Practice or omit whatever formal rituals you like -- meditation, prayer, tai chi, chanting, reading of texts -- that will remind you to enter the day with a spirit of gratitude and devotion. And I would add, live by nude time whenever possible!
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