Discovering The Naked Soul

August 19, 2010

in Blogs to Bookmark

It may seem as if only naked bloggers are reviewed for Blogs to Bookmark, but I assure you there is a fully-clothed blogger being reviewed next Thursday.

The Naked Soul has been on my list to review since I started this weekly review. This blog worked as a perfect blog to review this week with the discussion of being authentic and the journey to self-discovery. Any other blog would seem out of place this week.

So many were happy to be introduced to Looks Great Naked last week. I assure you the introduction to Mark Brown of The Naked Soul will also be well-received. This insightful man has been helping people discover their naked souls since October 2006. I was fortunate to stumble upon him earlier this year and have felt so appreciative to find his body of work. I find myself reading the most recent posts, but also digging through his archives to discover more great pieces to help on my journey to self-discovery.

Here’s an explanation of The Naked Soul in Mark’s words:

“I will be exploring the essence of me, which means that I will be writing about various subjects that affect my life and understanding of my soul. Therefore I am open to talk about a wide range of subjects, some of the subjects that I will speak to will be love, relationships, connectivity, the ego, the soul, eternal life.”

Each post of Mark’s I read resonates for me on some level. The subjects are varied, which means anyone can benefit from Mark’s writing. Here are just a few categories and posts highlighting Mark’s work:

Love

In A Loving Break-Up Mark encourages to break up with love. He wisely advises to be aware that external factors–friends, family, and lawyers– can affect your ability to do so. Mark advises to not let external factors negatively impact your attempt to break up with love. His advice is to:

“Remember at one time you were madly in love with the person who now sits on the other side of the mediation table, remember that although the way you love the other person may have changed that you can still love them as you would love anyone else. “

Ego

Mark explains in The Momentum of Mediocrity that the difference between mediocrity and excellence lies in the choices we make. He identifies traps we can fall into that send us towards mediocrity. And, as an “honest observer of our daily journey,”  we are able to access whether we are headed towards greatness or mediocrity.

Many of Mark’s pieces are sprinkled with quotes, which add even more to his great writing.

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

~Albert Einstein

Connectivity

Sunshine in Your Basement is an excellent piece about seeking out the light within ourselves instead of relying on external light. Seeking external light, as Mark explains, can provide some flickering light, but fades quickly. Developing and allowing our own light to shine through will ward off darkness long-term. By allowing our own light to shine brightly, we can provide the spark or inspiration for others to discover their own light too.

Eternal Life

Stay Tuned-In & Turned-On to Life is a post based upon a thought-provoking video. Regardless of your beliefs and your faith; regardless of the name you use for your higher power; regardless of whether there is a higher power in your life; this video make you pause and make you think.

The initial reaction may be to stop this video because you don’t like what you hear, but I encourage you to stay tuned in and watch the entire video.

As so eloquently stated by Mark:

“We will never know how many great opportunities have been missed because a person stopped one step short of success.  We will never know how many relationships have been cut short because someone didn’t say or do one more thing or wait one more day.  It is important to remember that we don’t always have the whole picture and that what we can’t see is that the light is right around the corner and we simply need to take one more step, give it one more try to discover the light.”

I encourage you to visit Mark at The Naked Soul. Something will resonate for you too.

What are your thoughts on the video?

Also, let me know if you enjoy Mark’s blog. I am excited to share him with you today.

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Jen August 19, 2010 at 11:10 am

“We will never know how many relationships have been cut short because someone didn’t say or do one more thing or wait one more day.”

I relate to this one very much. I think about this often.
What if…

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Mark August 19, 2010 at 11:10 am

Thank-you so very much for your generous review! I love how you positioned each post and highlighted a wide variety of subjects. It was fun to be reminded of some of the things that I have written. I forgot how powerful the video was. Amazing. I can’t thank-you enough!! Love and peace to you!

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Naked Girl in a Dress August 20, 2010 at 6:59 am

Mark~
Your blog is well written and of substance. Many would benefit from following it. I hope you have some new readers as a result of the review.

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Michelle Sia March 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Dear Mark/author of Naked Girl in a Dress,

Thank you for the inspirational posts. I have been reading Mark’s blog religiously. However, I was extremely disappointed that his blog had marked private. Would you know how I can gain access to his blog again? I’d really appreciate it if you can please advise.

Thanks!

Michelle

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Naked Girl in a Dress March 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I didn’t know about the change to his blog. If I am able to figure out how to enter, I will be in touch.

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Texan Mama August 19, 2010 at 11:14 am

Wow, I guess this isn’t the same Marc Brown that writes the Arthur books my children like to read! LOL

Okay, now I just went and watched the video…. DUDE that is really good. I am forwarding it.
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Mindy@SingleMomSays August 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I’ve been reading Mark’s blog for the last year or so now and find it interesting how MANY posts resonate with me. Somehow he manages to connect something with so many.

It was interesting that your blog is listed right below his on my blogroll today (they are listed in order of posting time) and I wondered if your title might be a review of his blog!
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Naked Girl in a Dress August 20, 2010 at 6:58 am

Mindy~ I feel the same way about Mark’s blog.

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T August 19, 2010 at 4:17 pm

He’s one of my faves! :)
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Stretch August 20, 2010 at 2:34 am

Thanks for sharing!
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ash August 24, 2010 at 9:48 am

I really needed to see that today – thank you. Off to read more…
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Naked Girl in a Dress August 24, 2010 at 9:55 am

Ash~
I hope you enjoy Mark’s blog as much as I do.

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Rodney January 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Very interesting, I liked this.

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