She moved through the bushes feeling too hot because she was dressed in this vest meant for winter and boots that made her feel like a cowboy; always alone with nobody to look up at that evening’s full moon and say, oh… would you look at that?
The deep heat had her thinking of all the places she could have been and the people she was missing. It brought with it doubts about the size of her dreams and reminiscences of feeling lost in city elevators of buildings she should never have been in.
Finally reaching the water’s edge and sitting amid something she hoped wasn’t nettle, it was so very apparent she couldn’t make a decision about any of this because she was thirsty.
The days of the year past have often felt like this. The doors to our inner world feeling permanently ajar. On hiatus.
Many of us have felt lost in the dimensions of time, looking for even the slightest signs to guide us in what direction to flow. Yet, for all this notion of transience – final destination unknown – this state of pause also brought about a formative moment to look within the well of our own being.
It ushered the safety of being solitary in our rituals and the creation of a cocoon that guards and preserves own mystery. Necessitating us to mine ourselves for our own resources, a fresh power, all of its own.
We made this – our Oasis Issue – to honour this nucleus instant and herald the closing out of another lap around the sun.
Oasis is indeed a big, humid, saturated kind of energy. It’s knowing the importance of our roots and self-nourishment. The absolute power of preservation. Of being our very own shelter.
It is more than ever a time for swimming in the deep and navigating to our higher expressions. Fertile thought. Breath. Embracing the ‘Aloha spirit’ of Rell Sunn and giving until you have nothing else left.
When our mind is our sanctuary, it can bring us closer to how we want to be and exist.
Perhaps we will look back at these as the glory days: catalytic times when we understood we are the refuge we seek.
When we let nature provide, fed from within and became our own Oasis.
PHOTOGRAPHY Brendan Freeman FASHION Anna Foster HAIR Jody Taylor @ Leftside-Creative using BaByliss Pro MAKEUP Yae Pascoe MODEL Olivia wears SAINT LAURENT jacket and swimsuit; CARTIER earrings and necklace. Missy wears model’s own swimsuit.