(summary courtesy: TLC Book Tours)
In this meditative memoir, ALL OUR WAVES ARE WATER (HarperWave), the author of SALTWATER Buddha reflects on his “failing toward enlightenment,” his continued search to find meaning and a greater understanding of the Divine in the world’s oceans as well as everyday life.
For Jaimal Yogis, the path to enlightenment is surfing. Between water and air, between control and surrender, between the tangible and intangible realities of life, the spiritual can be found. Born to a family of seekers, he left home at sixteen to surf in Hawaii and join a monastery—an adventure he chronicled in SALTWATER BUDDAH. Now, in his early twenties, his heart is broken and he’s lost his way. Hitting the road again, he lands in a monastery in Dharamsala, where he meets Sonam, a displaced Tibetan.
To help his friend, Jaimal makes a cockamamie attempt to reunite him with his family in Tibet by way of America. Though he does not succeed, witnessing Sonam’s indomitable spirit in the face of failure offers Jaimal a deeper understanding of faith. When the two friends part, he cannot fathom the unlikely circumstances that will reunite them.
ALL OUR WAVES ARE WATER follows Jaimal’s trek from the Himalayas to Indonesia; to a Franciscan Friary in New York City to the dusty streets of Jerusalem; and finally to San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Along his journey, Jaimal prays and surfs; mourning a lost love and seeking something that keeps eluding him, until he ultimately finds what he’s been looking for—that the perfect ride may well be the one we are on right now.
The poet Rumi wrote, “we are not a drop in the ocean. We are the ocean in a drop.” ALL OUR WAVES ARE WATER is Jaimal’s “attempt to understand the ocean in a drop, to find that one moon shining in the water everywhere”—to find the Divine that unites us all.
I personally didn’t really click with ALL OUR WAVES ARE WATER, but I urge readers not to take my word for what you might find within these pages. I’m usually open to exploring different concepts of meditation, enlightenment and finding our core, but the “we are a drop in the ocean and surfing” wasn’t my cup of tea. I suggest readers always take a look at available memoirs, because, you never know who will speak to your soul. Sometimes its in the most unlikely book and you don’t want to miss it.
About Jaimal Yogis
Jaimal Yogis is an award-winning writer, outdoorsman, and frequent teacher. He is the author of the memoir Saltwater Buddha, which has been made into a feature documentary film, and The Fear Project: What Our Most Primal Emotion Taught Me About Survival, Success, Surfing, and Love. A graduate of
Columbia Journalism School, he has written for ESPN: The Magazine, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, San Francisco magazine, Surfer’s Journal, and many other publications. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Amy, and their three sons.
Thanks to HarperWave and TLC Book Tours, we have one copy of ALL OUR WAVES ARE WATER to giveaway. Please tell us if you’re into meditation, and if so, what form. We’ll announce a winner next week.