Some of you may have already read the story of a Sikh woman who was cyber-bullied because of her appearance. Innocently waiting on line at the library at her university she was photographed and her picture posted on a social networking site with the goal of ridiculing her appearance.
Balpreet Kaur is of the Sikh faith which forbids her from “altering her body”; that includes facial hair (the reason photograph was taken in the first place). When alerted to the situation this brave woman took the highest road possible and used the situation as an opportunity to educate others about her religion rather than act on the defensive.
This is not only a woman who is brave, but a woman who is so secure in her being and beliefs that her words transcended all those preconceived notions being hurled at her online and incited actual change; the most dramatic being from the person who posted the original photograph.
You can read the full article here at Yahoo Shine.
As a nudist I have always found it hard to sum up to others why is it that I enjoy being without clothing. When I read Ms. Kaur’s inspiring words on being a Sikh woman I realized that her beliefs were the very reason why I believe nudism plays such an important role in my life.
“My attitude and thoughts and actions have more value in them than my body… by not focusing on the physical beauty, I have time to cultivate those inner virtues and hopefully, focus my life on creating change and progress for this world in any way I can.”
Ironically, when I am in a nudist environment the focus is not on the physical body, but on the mind. Clothing becomes a symbol of what we hide behind. Being nude allows me to focus on what’s important, not what blocks me from finding truth in not only other individuals, but in myself.
So thank you, Balpreet Kaur, for putting into words what I could not. Your words have already created the change and progress you are hoping for.
Pam Ortiz Miller was born and raised in suburban New York avoiding books and writing of any kind as she preferred musical theatre where people sang you everything you needed to know. It wasn’t until she was a senior at the University of Maryland that she discovered a love of writing. Her main writing focus is poetry, however, she dabbles in short stories, news articles, screenplays and occasional angry letters to customer service reps and estranged relatives. Her latest endeavor is a blog entitled The Real Housewife of Ormond Beach chronicling her adventures in the domestic arts. Like most New Yorkers Pam ended up in Florida where she lives with her husband, three cats and a very special dog. Her hobbies include traveling, photography, cooking, cinema and getting rid of tan lines. On her off days from being a domestic diva she can be found rehabbing sea and land turtles.