Surfing and Spirituality

I loved this book." Jaimal Yogis, author of Saltwater Buddha and The Fear Project Surfing And Spirituality is the only book I've ever read to capture the true essence of why we are drawn to the ocean and surfing.

Surfing and Spirituality

An in-depth look at surfing as a form of spirituality and way of life. Real surfing, real stories, real spirituality. Reviews: "Drawing on philosophy, religion, science, literature, and her own experience, Leslie Kerby deftly reveals why so many of us find solace and peace in the sea. I loved this book." Jaimal Yogis, author of Saltwater Buddha and The Fear Project Surfing And Spirituality is the only book I've ever read to capture the true essence of why we are drawn to the ocean and surfing. If you surf or just love the ocean you just "get it." Where "it" is the nearly indescribable sensation of infinite connection and presence we feel when riding a wave. Leslie has finally put a voice to this spiritual calling we have to the waves. She proves without a doubt we who ride the waves do so for much more than fun. We do it to experience a spiritual connection that can't be found in any church or religious practice. Incredibly well researched and written in a decidedly academic but friendly and relatable voice. I highly recommend Surfing And Spirituality to anyone who loves the ocean or feels that omnipresent drive to reconnect with who we really are. - Ryan Camana

Dark Green Religion

Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future Bron Raymond Taylor ... Surfing was
revived and spread globally by charismatic spiritual leaders during the twentieth
century, leading many surfers to increasingly assume a religious and ...

Dark Green Religion

"A love of green may be a human universal. Deepening the palette of green scholarship, Bron Taylor proves remarkably to be both an encyclopedist and a visionary."--Jonathan Benthall, author of Returning to Religion: Why a Secular Age is Haunted by Faith "This important book provides insight into how a profound sense of relation to nature offers many in the modern world a vehicle for attaining a spiritual wholeness akin to what has been historically associated with established religion. In this sense, Dark Green Religion offers both understanding and hope for a world struggling for meaning and purpose beyond the isolation of the material here and now."--Stephen Kellert, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies "In this thought-provoking volume, Bron Taylor explores the seemingly boundless efforts by human beings to understand the nature of life and our place in the universe. Examining in depth the ways in which influential philosophers and naturalists have viewed this relationship, Taylor contributes to the further development of thought in this critically important area, where our depth of understanding will play a critical role in our survival."--Peter H. Raven, President, Missouri Botanical Garden "Carefully researched, strongly argued, originally conceived, and very well executed, this book is a vital contribution on a subject of immense religious, political, and environmental importance. It's also a great read."--Roger S. Gottlieb, author of A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and our Planet's Future "A fascinating analysis of our emotional and spiritual relationship to nature. Whether you call it dark green religion or something else, Bron Taylor takes us through our spiritual relationship with our planet, its ecosystems and evolution, in an enlightened and completely undogmatic manner."--Dr. Claude Martin, Former Director General, World Wildlife Fund "An excellent collection of guideposts for perplexed students and scholars about the relationships of nature religions, spirituality, animism, pantheism, deep ecology, Gaia, and land ethics--and for the environmentalist seeking to make the world a better place through green religion as a social force."--Fikret Berkes, author of Sacred Ecology: Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Resource Management "Dark Green Religion shows conclusively how nature has inspired a growing religious movement on the planet, contesting the long reign of many older faiths. Taylor expertly guides us through an astonishing array of thinkers, past and present, who have embraced, in part or whole, the new religion. I was thoroughly convinced that this movement has indeed become a major force on Earth, with great potential consequences for our environmental ethics."--Donald Worster, University of Kansas "In this exceptionally interesting and informative book, Bron Taylor has harvested the fruits of years of pioneering research in what amounts to a new field in religious studies: the study of how religious/spiritual themes show up in the work of people concerned about nature in many diverse ways. Taylor persuasively argues that appreciation of nature's sacred or spiritual dimension both informs and motivates the work of individuals ranging from radical environmentalists and surfers, to eco-tourism leaders and museum curators. I highly recommend this book for everyone interested learning more about the surprising extent to which religious/spiritual influences many of those who work to protect, to exhibit, or to represent the natural world."--Michael E. Zimmerman, Director, Center for Humanities and the Arts, University of Colorado at Boulder

Surfing the Himalayas

A young American snowboarder travels to the Himalayas seeking the ultimate high.

Surfing the Himalayas

A young American snowboarder travels to the Himalayas seeking the ultimate high. Master Fwap, a Buddhist monk, takes him on as a spiritual apprentice. Using snowboarding as a path to enlightenment, the charming and learned Master Fwap shows how, by freeing the mind and challenging the soul, one can master any mountain - and master oneself.

Deep Blue

As with most contemporary religion in social contexts that are not insular, the
spirituality of soul surfers is hybridized. Some blend their surfing spirituality with
religions (or aspects of them) derived from Abrahamic or Asian roots. Others feel
 ...

Deep Blue

Nature religions look to rivers, lakes and oceans for inspiration and spiritual transformation. 'Deep Blue' brings together the work of influential scholars in the field of nature religion, ranging across anthropology, mythology, sociology and psychology. The essays examine the interrelationship between spiritual practice, critical thinking, and environmental concern. Tracing the ancient history of humanity's close relationship with both salt and fresh water, the book calls for a sustainable relationship with water in contemporary western culture. 'Deep Blue' will be of interest to students of paganism and religion, environmental researchers and activists, and all those involved in the intersection between religion and ecology.

The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religion

He views surfing as a manifestation of “dark green religion,” and provides
examples of mythology, holy figures including Duke Kahanamoku (1890–1968),
a Hawaiian shamanic figure and Olympic champion, and points to the spiritual ...

The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religion

The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religions provides a comprehensive overview of the academic study of religions. Written by an international team of leading scholars, its fifty-one chapters are divided thematically into seven sections. The first section addresses five major conceptual aspects of research on religion. Part two surveys eleven main frameworks of analysis, interpretation, and explanation of religion. Reflecting recent turns in the humanities and social sciences, part three considers eight forms of the expression of religion. Part four provides a discussion of the ways societies and religions, or religious organizations, are shaped by different forms of allocation of resources (i.e., economy). Other chapters in this section consider law, the media, nature, medicine, politics, science, sports, and tourism. Part five reviews important developments, distinctions, and arguments for each of the selected topics. The study of religion addresses religion as a historical phenomenon and part six looks at seven historical processes. Religion is studied in various ways by many disciplines, and this Handbook shows that the study of religion is an academic discipline in its own right. The disciplinary profile of this volume is reflected in part seven, which considers the history of the discipline and its relevance. Each chapter in the Handbook references at least two different religions to provide fresh and innovative perspectives on key issues in the field. This authoritative collection will advance the state of the discipline and is an invaluable reference for students and scholars.

Soul Surfing

Tour. An intuitive counselor with a thriving private practice, Dawnea Adams goes beyond tales of her psychic prowess to offer techniques that readers can perform independently: a series of ten visualization-based spiritual steps, called

Soul Surfing

A ten-step program provides innovative advice on how to combine both the material and spiritual worlds and how to recollect past experiences in order to heal and reclaim spirituality and pave a healthy way for the future. Tour.

Spirituality and the Secular Quest

... Big Sur coast claimed his life in 1994 when he and other champion surfers
sought and challenged the ultimate wave . ... one of the world ' s five million
surfing enthusiasts writes to the leading surfing magazine , “ surfing ' s a spiritual
quest to ...

Spirituality and the Secular Quest

Eminent scholars shed light on the beliefs and practices of large numbers of people who describe themselves as spiritual even though they acknowledge no strong bond of doctrine or community with any historical religion. Topics covered include feminism, environmentalism, gay liberation, 12-step programs, therapy, mountain climbing, chiropractic, painting, nature study, playing computer games.

Deep in the Wave

"World-class surfer Bear Woznick brings us a powerful and entertaining spiritual primer that uses surfing as a metaphor for moving toward God"--Provided by the publisher.

Deep in the Wave

"World-class surfer Bear Woznick brings us a powerful and entertaining spiritual primer that uses surfing as a metaphor for moving toward God"--Provided by the publisher.

Inherited Land

The Changing Grounds of Religion and Ecology Whitney A. Bauman, Richard R.
Bohannon II, Kevin J. O'Brien. Palmer, Martin ... “Social Science on Religion and
Nature. ... “Surfing Into Spirituality and a New, Aquatic Nature Religion. Journal ...

Inherited Land

Religion and ecology has arrived. What was once a niche interest for a few academics concerned with environmental issues and a few environmentalists interested in religion has become an established academic field with classic texts, graduate programs, regular meetings at academic conferences, and growing interest from other academics and the mass media. Theologians, ethicists, sociologists, and other scholars are engaged in a broad dialogue about the ways religious studies can help understand and address environmental problems, including the sorts of methodological, terminological, and substantive debates that characterize any academic discourse. This book recognizes the field that has taken shape, reflects on the ways it is changing, and anticipates its development in the future. The essays offer analyses and reflections from emerging scholars of religion and ecology, each addressing her or his own specialty in light of two questions: (1) What have we inherited from the work that has come before us? and (2) What inquiries, concerns, and conversation partners should be central to the next generation of scholarship? The aim of this volume is not to lay out a single and clear path forward for the field. Rather, the authors critically reflect on the field from within, outline some of the major issues we face in the academy, and offer perspectives that will nurture continued dialogue.

Surfing for God

... lay of the land and what you need to know to get from point to point. Though
the following diagram implies a neat and tidy progression from one stage to the
next, it is by no means a linear process. All true spirituality is messy spirituality.

Surfing for God

Uses personal examples, illustrations from Scripture, and twenty years of counseling experience to explain how porn struggles begin, what to do to prevent them, and how to overcome them once compulsive behavior presents itself.

Ten Thousand Waves

The book is a east meets west adventure story where the author found his own path by bringing together meditation, prayer, love and appreciation. Giving explanations by using stories from throughout his life.

Ten Thousand Waves

Ten Thousand waves is a true story of a surfer who finds spirituality within the passions he has pursued. The book is a east meets west adventure story where the author found his own path by bringing together meditation, prayer, love and appreciation. Giving explanations by using stories from throughout his life.

Soul Surfer Johnny Returns

While writing Soul Surfer Johnny, the first book in this series, I was flooded with so many additional memories of “Puerto Tranquilo” that I knew a second book was waiting to be written.

Soul Surfer Johnny Returns

While writing Soul Surfer Johnny, the first book in this series, I was flooded with so many additional memories of “Puerto Tranquilo” that I knew a second book was waiting to be written. By the time the first book was finished, I had jotted down more than 125 other memorable episodes. I was challenged to write the book that became Soul Surfer Johnny by Joel Fotinos, vice president for spiritual books for Penguin-Putnam publishers, during a lunch we had in 2007. He had just read my Awakening The Soul: The Trilogy, and challenged me to write a novel incorporating the essence of that tome, ala the most successful novel of the millennium, Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. While Soul Surfer Johnny is certainly no Da Vinci Code, it does carry forth that essence of spiritual growth, describing a young man’s soul awakening. The heart of the story, however, remains his many wild surfing adventures, most in Puerto. But it wasn’t planned that way. A number of years ago, I began compiling a list of topics for my Puerto book, which I knew I would write some day. But I had no plans of incorporating those memories into the book Fotinos challenged me to write, revealing how to create the spiritual awakening possible within each of us. However, when I started writing, it was immediately apparent where this story was going ... to Puerto, where my personal spiritual awakening occurred some 25 years earlier. Thus, the first Soul Surfer Johnny book had a serious underlying story of spiritual awakening that seemed out of place in a surfing adventure novel. But it really wasn’t, because what was being portrayed as happening to Johnny really had happened to me, and has occurred to others, so I knew it was eminently possible. I had so much fun writing Soul Surfer Johnny that I immediately started writing this book, its direct sequel, but with a difference. This volume does not have that heavy underlying story of spiritual growth, but rather only occasional references to Johnny’s continuing awakening. It’s mostly outrageous tales of his many Puerto adventures and episodes. This book richly continues the adventures of Soul Surfer Johnny, the story of an East Coast bad boy who becomes a good kid as he learns to surf in the waves off Southern California. In the process, he joins his own sort of “gang,” then ventures south to the big waves of Southern Mexico. He is guided to “Puerto Tranquilo” in the late 1970s by several of his fellow Tyrony Bros. “gang” members, who had discovered the fantastic surf break there several years before. There he is witness to and participates in a bizarre series of adventures. Unexpectedly, he begins to explore his spirituality, and discovers his true inner self for the first time, dramatically improving his life. Like its predecessor, this continuing wild tale is almost true, however sometimes the actual circumstances are slightly “enhanced,” while conveying the basic truth. For example, a few wave heights may have been exaggerated occasionally – except in the “Big Wednesday” chapter, which is Johnny’s true, eye-witness account. But most of the book’s stories actually happened as described. It makes no claim toward being all-inclusive, or a legitimate history of the town. It’s just a lot of mostly true stories about a wonderful little town in Southern Mexico. All stories are re-told as accurately as memory serves.

The Publishers Weekly

Would the story about the conductor , a mythical surfer - god " who could control
the weather and conduct the waves ... so when I heard the conductor myth again ,
I was reminded of all the stories I had heard about surfing and spirituality .

The Publishers Weekly


Surfing Aquarius

The book is, above all, a practical guide for those who see that the better we understand the opportunities and challenges of our time, and the better we know which way the wave of change is breaking, the better a chance we’ll have of ...

Surfing Aquarius

A savvy book full of optimism and insight into the new The Age of Aquarius has arrived! Learn how to thrive in the Age of Aquarius! Surfing Aquarius is for people who want to make the best of the years just ahead by making brave, optimistic choices in a spirit of community. Every 2100 years, life on Earth comes under the influence of a different astrological sign: each “Great Age” bringing its own ruling symbols and patterns of meaning, technical innovations, political and social currents, organizational structures, and key ideas. Surfing Aquarius shows how 2012 is the beginning of a spiritual transformation when awakened human beings will create new societies based on Aquarian principles of inventive teamwork and empowered service. The book features the 11 Principles of the Aquarian Age: Revolution, Evolution, Unity, Friendship, Transparency, Magic, Comedy, Abundance, Electricity, Brilliance, and Freedom. Furst describes what life can be like in an Aquarian age: an economy based on abundance rather than scarcity, and a spirituality that celebrates union, friendship, and love. The book is, above all, a practical guide for those who see that the better we understand the opportunities and challenges of our time, and the better we know which way the wave of change is breaking, the better a chance we’ll have of getting ourselves and our families safely ashore.

Cosmic Surfing

When the stresses of life rob us of peace, there is a type of spiritual R & R that can truly rejuvenate us. Cosmic Surfing details Dr. Cameron's search for healing techniques to undo stress that ended with a way to unite with the Divine.

Cosmic Surfing

Just as we surf the ocean with boards, the land with skis, the air with gliders, and the Internet with computers, so too we can surf the Cosmos with our minds. When the stresses of life rob us of peace, there is a type of spiritual R & R that can truly rejuvenate us. Cosmic Surfing details Dr. Cameron's search for healing techniques to undo stress that ended with a way to unite with the Divine. It concludes there is one problem-separation from the Divine-and one solution-forgiveness. Like a computer delete key, we can let go physically, emotionally, and mentally until we join Universal Being and surf the Cosmos within. The experience is therapeutic, thrilling, and often ecstatic. Cosmic Surfing is a must for seekers-those looking for psychological help and spiritual experiences. It details the relationships separating us from the Divine, and the forms of forgiveness needed to undo them. Cosmic Surfing approaches the subject not just from a Christian perspective, but also from Native American, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist religious traditions. Cosmic Surfing differs in maintaining mystical experiences occur in stages and the major religions coalesce around certain stages based on the experiences of their founders.

Walking on Water

The Spirituality of the World's Top Surfers Jeremy V. Jones. Surfing the Nations :
Ready to Go This generation of surfers will go ! That's the message of Surfing the
Nations , a Honolulu , Hawaii , based ministry run by Tom and Cindy Bauer ...

Walking on Water

Surfing is spiritual. Ask most wave riders and they’ll describe some sense of deeper connection with the water, the waves or the power around them. Surfing to them is a spiritual experience. In a subculture that’s traditionally known for its rebellion, here you’ll find a deep undercurrent of faith amongst these top wave riders who share an understanding that the Creator of the waves also desires to know and relate with them. In these pages, you’ll meet top surfers such as C.J. Hobgood, who rose to the top of the surf world but found it ultimately dissatisfying; Bethany Hamilton, a courageous teen who survived a shark attack and returned to the sport; surf legend Tom Curren, a middle-aged father of four whose comeback of sorts is the talk of the surf world; and Al Merrick, a remarkable surfboard shaper who crafts the vehicles ridden by surf stars. Discover what makes these celebrities and others believe that surfing is meaningless without a deep satisfying faith in something more.

West of Jesus

38 I didn't know what had happened to me that day surfing in Santa Monica, but I
quickly found out that calling up neuroscientists to ask about the intersection of
science and spirituality and surfing didn't produce the best of results. Yet I already
 ...

West of Jesus

After spending two years in bed with Lyme disease, Steven Kotler had lost everything: his health, his job, his girl, and, he was beginning to suspect, his mind. Kotler, not a religious man, suddenly found himself drawn to the sport of surfing as if it were the cornerstone of a new faith. Why, he wondered, when there was nothing left to believe in, could he begin to believe in something as unlikely as surfing? What was belief anyway? How did it work in the body, the brain, our culture, and human history? With the help of everyone from rebel surfers to rocket scientists, Kotler undertakes a three-year globetrotting quest. The results are a startling mix of big waves and bigger ideas: a surfer's journey into the biological underpinnings of belief itself.

Surfing through Hyperspace

I heartily recommend his book The Fourth Dimension for further information on
higher dimensions in science and spirituality. I also thank Dr. Thomas Banchoff,
author of Beyond the Third Dimension, for his pioneering work in visualizing the ...

Surfing through Hyperspace

Do a little armchair time-travel, rub elbows with a four-dimensional intelligent life form, or stretch your mind to the furthest corner of an uncharted universe. With this astonishing guidebook, Surfing Through Hyperspace, you need not be a mathematician or an astrophysicist to explore the all-but-unfathomable concepts of hyperspace and higher-dimensional geometry. No subject in mathematics has intrigued both children and adults as much as the idea of a fourth dimension. Philosophers and parapsychologists have meditated on this mysterious space that no one can point to but may be all around us. Yet this extra dimension has a very real, practical value to mathematicians and physicists who use it every day in their calculations. In the tradition of Flatland, and with an infectious enthusiasm, Clifford Pickover tackles the problems inherent in our 3-D brains trying to visualize a 4-D world, muses on the religious implications of the existence of higher-dimensional consciousness, and urges all curious readers to venture into "the unexplored territory lying beyond the prison of the obvious." Pickover alternates sections that explain the science of hyperspace with sections that dramatize mind-expanding concepts through a fictional dialogue between two futuristic FBI agents who dabble in the fourth dimension as a matter of national security. This highly accessible and entertaining approach turns an intimidating subject into a scientific game open to all dreamers. Surfing Through Hyperspace concludes with a number of puzzles, computer experiments and formulas for further exploration, inviting readers to extend their minds across this inexhaustibly intriguing scientific terrain.

Surfing the Soul

Soar with these fresh spirit poems, sensuous oceanscapes, personality sketches, and passionate accounts of life in Montana. Deep water wisdom and a connection to the Divine stream from the heart of this poet, immersed in spirituality.

Surfing the Soul

Soar with these fresh spirit poems, sensuous oceanscapes, personality sketches, and passionate accounts of life in Montana. Deep water wisdom and a connection to the Divine stream from the heart of this poet, immersed in spirituality.

You Are Probability Surfing The Matrix

Eliot Benjamin in his conclusion suggests that such synchronicities “may serve as
a reminder that there is indeed inherent spirituality in the universe that cannot be
explained by our rational scientific technological minds or brains.” While I ...

You Are Probability  Surfing The Matrix