Photographer: Jay Kantor
Model: Lindsay Carron
Written Statement: Lindsay Carron
There is a clarity that occurs when we strip down bare and access the core. It is a certain pristine stillness, openness, and accessibility. It allows us to fully engage with our surroundings and recognize all that is present and give honor and blessing to this immense gift of existence.
The ritual behind such a moment gives power to the actions and words that are part of it. Slowly carving out the mandala in the sand. Blessing each element and purposefully placing it in the greater circle. The paint streaming down the face, in the eyes, dripping down the cheeks like tears, into the mouth: transforming. Into the waves to wash it all away. Kelp wrapped around the body like skin. Sinking deeper and deeper until there is no separation: human and ocean as one.
“In indigenous ways of knowing, we say that a thing cannot be understood until it is known by all four aspects of our being: mind, body, emotion, and spirit.” - Robin Wall Kimmerer, Gathering Moss. In order to transform the world for the better, we must first truly and deeply understand each element.
This is a blessing for the water of our Earth.