Ok so the other day I was talking to a woman at the gym and we started comparing locker room stories. Oh dear, I guess I'm not the only one that has seen more than I wanted to in the locker room. I share this only to give you pause should you be as free as some with your nakedness. You see where this is leading ... so avert your eyes or read on at your own peril.
Years ago I was sitting in a steam room on the bottom step minding my own business when this older lady came in with a towel on. She proceeded to take her towel off her body and lay it on the bench on the step directly above my head (well a little to the right). Then she moved her naked body to sit on the towel and I kid you not, sprawl her legs out like no bodies business - yes certainly not any of my business. I was confronted with parts that not only she could see herself without a mirror. Good God woman did you really do that? I did NOT want to see all that.
The friend I was talking to in the gym had a similar story of a patron putting lotion on in the public area while completely naked and having to bend in ways that, yes, exposed all her regions to everyone in sight. Now, please, I don't care if you are an 80 year old person or a twenty something super model - we do NOT to see that much of your business. I implore you to show some consideration for the people around you when you are naked.
I am not in any way anti naked. In fact, I love to be naked. I love walking around in the spa with just my robe on and have no shame transitioning from the jacuzzi to grab my towel while completely naked (sorry TMI). In fact, ok probably again TMI but I actually feel a little uncomfortable with a swim suit on in an all female private jacuzzi. What a waste to get my suit wet for a 10 minute dip in the warm water. BUT (and I do use that word lightly) please consider a little bit of modesty while you are naked. Same thoughts go for the men out there. I'm not sure what it's like hanging out (pun intended) in the men's locker room but I'm sure there are ways to be modest there too. Show a little consideration for your neighbor people.
Now, I must ad, please, please, please forgive me if I sound judgmental. I do not mean to be. I'm just expressing this observation to give you a little perspective, a little "awareness" as you will, of the people around you.
Maria Humphreys is a meditation expert, personal trainer, mom and wife.