“A compelling fusion of Barbarian Days and the journals of Thomas Merton.”
“Insightful, contemplative, and eloquently written, Yogis’ book articulates not only the complexities and nuances of what it means to find spiritual awakening, it does so in a refreshing and honest way, leaving 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, host of CNN’s The Believer, author of #1 New York Times bestseller, Zealot: the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth
“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
“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
“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
“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
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 ones. If you like reading spiritual memoirs, All Our Waves Are Water will be 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