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During a morning naked guided meditation, I discovered the concept of hygge. Hygge, a Danish word describes “a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment”, as Wikipedia describes it. As I heard about hygge, I thought it described my mood when I’m comfortably naked alone or with friends. After my meditation, I looked a little bit further and found a Wikihow article that describes how to practice hygge in three major steps:
Designing a Comforting Space: Remove clutter from your home, create a cozy nook to relax if you have extra space, light candles around the room to use as natural lighting, keep fluffy blankets in the room, decorate your home with plants and natural decor.
Doing Hygge Activities: drink warm drinks from your favorite mug, read a book in a cozy chair, take up a new hobby or resume an old one, eat hearty meals of comfort food, perform household tasks with joy
Taking Care of Yourself: build a self-care “emergency” kit, take a relaxing bath, wear comfortable clothes like sweatpants and loose shirts, slow down and avoid rushing
At the exception of sweatpants and loose shirts, I could relate my nudist lifestyle to hygge when I needed to center myself, slow the fast pace of modern life or just spend quality time with family and friends. Hygge was meaning something to me, so I looked a little bit further and found an interesting article in the site Country Living: What Is Hygge? Everything You Need To Know About The Danish Lifestyle Trend.
What made me laugh in this article was the part about those famous sweatpants: “do sweatpants count as hygge? Yes. There’s even a word in Danish for them! Hyggebukser are that pair of pants you’d never be caught dead wearing in public, but practically live in when you’re at home on the weekends binging on Netflix.” Ah, ah, so those sweatpants are in fact my birthday suit, although I can wear it in public, as long as the public is comfortable with nudity.
The new aspect I discovered about hygge described in this article was what hygge was not:
Staring at you …