A BBC “best beach read of the year” and a Spirituality and Health Magazine “Best Book of the Year”
A “disarming memoir [that] seeks the stillness in the chaos, the union inside duality.” ” — BBC (from “Ten Best Beach Reads of 2017”)
“Evocative and unpretentious…wry but engaged…articulate and genuinely funny.” — The San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
“All Our Waves Are Water seeks profound lessons in the ocean.” — The New York Times Book Review
“Captivating…beautiful…Yogis finds wisdom everywhere [and] shows that the search for enlightenment, with its storms, lulls, and occasional thrills, is not much different than the search for the perfect wave.” —Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
“The author of Saltwater Buddha is back.” —The New York Post (The “Required Reading” column
“Engaging… As he draws wisdom from Tibetan monks, fellow surfers, and a beloved journalism professor, Yogis infuses “All Our Waves” with a rich mix of spiritual quest and down-to-earth adventurism.” — San Jose Mercury News
“Yogis seems to have reached as close to enlightenment as anyone ever gets… He mixes science with faith and has a great sense of humor about everything along the way.” — Surfer Magazine
“Insightful, contemplative, and eloquently written, Yogis leaves us to realize that life isn’t about that elusive end goal understanding of humanity; it’s about the risks we’re willing to take in our journey to get there.” —Reza Aslan, author of the #1 NYT bestseller, Zealot: the life and times of Jesus Christ of Nazareth
“I’ll follow Jaimal Yogis into any ocean, walk whichever road with him, and read everything he writes. It always leads to growth.” —Wallace J. Nichols, New York Times bestselling author of Blue Mind
“All Our Waves Are Water is as fine a wave of candid, humble, raw, bare-it-all human wisdom as we have seen in quite some time. Through all of the roads, waters, and mountains Jaimal has traversed… with this work of shimmering prose, he has given us an immeasurably beautiful gift.” – Eastern Surf Magazine
“In the toxic fumes that characterizes American political and cultural discourse of late, All Our Waves Are Water is a lungful of fresh air and a poignant reminder of the wider world beyond the glow of the TV screen. And Yogis is a sharp and insightful writer who has the good sense to temper his spiritual pursuits with a healthy dose of humility and humanity.” — The North Bay Bohemian
“Spiritual questing, serious surfing, a little hip-hop, and a significant dose of deep, honest humanity—another perfect Jaimal Yogis book!” —Steven Kotler, NYT bestselling author of West Of Jesus and The Rise of Superman
“In this deeply wise memoir of an already remarkable life, Jaimal Yogis takes us on a good ride through India, surfing, ancient wisdom and modern physics, and many practical insights about the waves of life. Authentic, direct, and powerful, this is a beautiful book.”— Rick Hanson, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of Buddha’s Brain and Hardwiring Happiness.
“Jamal Yogis has done it again: reminded us that our humanity depends on our connection to nature and how much we are willing to risk. It’s good to know that there is another brother like him out there in the mountains and on the waves.” —Peter Heller, author of Kook and The Dog Starts, an iTunes Book of the Year
With stirring honesty… [Yogis] skillfully chronicles a journey that took him from India and Jerusalem to the sandy beaches of Indonesia and Mexico… Surfers are sure to enjoy the author’s ode to the perfect ride, but it’s the personal reflections that will draw readers.” – Booklist
Description from Harper Wave
In this humorous, meditative memoir—a fusion of Barbarian Days and the journals of Thomas Merton—the author of Saltwater Buddha reflects on “stumbling toward enlightenment,” his continued search to find meaning in the world’s oceans as well as the highs and lows of everyday life.
For Jaimal Yogis, the path to enlightenment is surfing. Whether riding grizzly waves in the Pacific or navigating the waves of the heart and mind, it’s between water and air, between control and surrender, between the tangible and intangible, that grace 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 Buddha. 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 and the dusty streets of Jerusalem; and finally to San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Along his way, Jaimal prays and surfs while trying to stay afloat through grad school and journalism jobs; 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 uncover the mystery that unites us all.
“In All Our Waves Are Water, Jaimal Yogis takes us on a romantic odyssey around the world in search of love, wisdom and peace of mind. By the end of his adventures, Yogis has woven together a rich tapestry of spiritual insights, engaging stories and home-spun wisdom.” — Stuart H. Coleman, author of Eddie Would Go and Fierce Heart
“Thrust forward by a seeker’s hunger to know the force that animates everything and his place inside it, All Our Waves Are Water takes us on a stoked and transparent ride through the Himalayas, Bali, Israel and journalistic Gotham. His eccentric and irresistible characters’ voices linger like sages. And Jaimal Yogis does something else astonishing—he brings the holy close.”
—Sarah Seidelmann, author of Swimming with Elephants
“Jaimal Yogis writes in a fun, engaging style and the ideas he conveys are timeless. All Our Waves Are Water is a great pleasure.” — Sharon Salzberg, New York Times bestselling author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
“In this deeply wise memoir of an already remarkable life, Jaimal Yogis takes us on a good ride through India, surfing, ancient wisdom and modern physics, and many practical insights about the waves of life. Authentic, direct, and powerful, this is a beautiful book.”— Rick Hanson, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
“Jaimal’s journey speaks to all our sojourns through loss, self-discovery, and earnest attempts to awaken. It’s a privileged view into the life of a true seeker, a contemporary bodhisattva living and loving in the world; it’s an ode to water, to the primal and playful art of surfing.”— Arnie Kozak, author of Mindfulness A to Z and 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness
“Yogis takes us on a humorous, insightful, vulnerable, and ultimately relatable journey to inner peace. This is a spiritual book about a real person dealing with real world issues, one that can benefit us all in understanding how to surf the waves of everyday life with compassion and contentment.”— MeiMei Fox, NYT bestselling author of Fortytude and Bend Not Break