When Kimi Werner slips to the bottom of the ocean, she looks for the light. “I steal glances up at the sun,” she says. “It’s just magic, the way it dances across everything.” On a single breath of air—one meant to last almost five minutes underwater—she lets herself drop down to 150 feet, the flickers of sunlight slowly dimming. The deeper she goes, the more the pressure increases, the ocean tightening around her. But rather than resist it, she embraces it. “At first, it would make me feel kind of uncomfortable, but once I relaxed into it, I just felt so good—the ocean would just squeeze me and hold me and hug me the deeper that I went.”

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