Kimi Werner is one of a small group of unique and strong women in the world. They are freedivers and hunters; the extremely intuitive and skilled women who value the ocean ecosystem and know their place in the food chain. They respect the hunt, honour the kill, and with a sharp instinct for survival, protect the waters where their food comes from.
Kimi deep dives into the ocean almost every day. It’s just Kimi and her spear. You’ll find no other diving gear on her. She can hold her breath for 4 minutes and 45 seconds and reaches incredible depths creating great pressure on her body. She doesn’t react to this by panicking like you or I might, Kimi has learned to mindfully slip into a state of slowness when she dives. It’s a way to keep her heart from racing. This conserves energy and gives her the ability to hold her breath that much longer. When you are 150 feet below the surface like Kimi, conserving energy to make your way back up to where the sun is shining is critical.
Kimi is an artist, an activist, an engaging and captivating speaker, a trained chef, and a star of Living Free with Kimi Werner, Pacific Warrior, and Fish People. This is just a glimpse into her accomplishments, and a scroll through Kimi’s Instagram feed will have you wishing you were in Hawaii hanging out with her and her family experiencing life the way she does.
Wise beyond her years, Kimi has gathered great knowledge and honed her intuition by carefully observing and taking cues from the ocean life around her. She is authentic and charismatic when she talks about her commitment to a sustainable and healthy future for all of us. When she is teaching people about where their food comes from and cooking what she has hunted from the ocean, her face beams with enthusiasm. Kimi’s wisdom comes through, almost frighteningly so when she spoke of her breathtaking encounter with a Great White Shark, “finding my place is knowing that my place in the world can change in any given second”.
Here are 5 Lessons for Life from Kimi The Underwater Freediving Huntress:
Lesson 1: Handle Fear
When a big shark is coming at you, the natural reaction is to get away. But that doesn’t actually work. Our true response does not have to be fight or flight. We can let things happen, assess the situation as it is happening, and respond accordingly. The best way is to flow.
Lesson 2: Find Connection
That initial soul connection I made to this lifestyle was all about having this harmonious relationship with nature and taking care of nature as it took care of me.
Lesson 3: Achieve Transcendence
Get down into your gut and let something deeper than the thought process guide you.
Lesson 4: Set an Example
I don’t like to preach, but I do like to set an example and share what I’m doing, not in a self-righteous way but in an effort of service, encouraging people to find their happiness in our hectic world. I want to share the gems in my life that make me feel the happiest and my body the best. I hope that if it resonates with people, it will inspire them to do something that they care about in the same way…explore whatever it is that makes them feel connected and pono (righteous). Grow your own vegetables or know your farmer, we all have ways to contribute with our own two hands. If it’s the right thing it will make your fingers tingle.
Lesson 5: Dig Deeper
Sustainability now is like a big buzzword and I think that’s a great thing. But I do want people to dig a little deeper and realize that it’s not just us and the ecosystem or us trying to save the ecosystem, it’s us being a part of this ecosystem. We are a part of the animal kingdom, we’re all animals, and any animal that’s ever born into this animal kingdom learns right off the bat where their food comes from. It’s so silly to me that we’ve changed that and made things about convenience and mass consumerism. We’re so far removed, it’s almost like the term ‘civilized’ means ‘as far away as you can get from the source”’ I think it’s a big trick so you become dependent on a flawed system. There’s one thing that all humans crave and that’s a sense of belonging. Being that we’re all part of nature, I think we can all find [belonging] there. And the more we find it, the more we learn how to be a balanced part of it.
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