Ocean of Insight: A Sailor's Voyage from Despair to Hope (Paperback)

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This is exactly the book I needed at exactly the right time. It is a travel memoir, a spiritual journey, and a how-to manual all in one. We had Heather here for an event the day of the Women's March. Her stories of danger on the high sea drew me in, but it was her mindful advocacy that made me buy her book. She is insightful and articulate and her wisdom comes from a place of trial and error and passion. Sailing after a career spent tackling climate change, she knows what it is like to work against the steepest of challenges. The writing never sounds preachy. I love her reflections on her experiences and the meditations she shares. Perfect for these inflamed political times--a balm for the despairing or weary activist's heart. 

— From Melanie's Picks


Heather Lyn Mann was a battle weary environmental advocate in Madison, Wisconsin, struggling over what to do about climate change when she and her husband decided to explore the Atlantic on a small sloop. This memoir of six years living afloat is a chronological unfolding of disasters and discoveries life threatening storms, the boredom of isolation, societies on the brink of extinction, sinking ships, colorful Caribbean characters, near collisions, a pirate scare, and more. Throughout, the ocean becomes Mann's teacher, transforming her with uncompromising lessons on how to harmonize with natural order, the exact moments and ways to let in fearlessness, resilience, happiness, impermanence, balance, compassion, skillful action, and beginner's mind.
Her suspenseful, sometimes hilarious, and always heart warming journey of body and mind, shaped by ancient Buddhist teachings, entertains as it charts reality's depths and danger zones so arm chair adventurers, spiritual seekers, and the climate concerned can navigate tumultuous waters and arrive together on the shore of planetary well being.

About the Author

Spiritual Ecologist Heather Lyn Mann is a practitioner of Buddhism, sailing, and mindful advocacy. Mann founded and led the not-for-profit Center for Resilient Cities an organization mobilizing inner city residents to restore natural beauty and function in damaged neighborhood landscapes. She also co editsTouching the Earth: A Newsletter of Earth Holding Actions in the Plum Village Tradition. In 2007, together with her husband and cat, Mann set sail on a 15,000 nautical mile, six year voyage."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781941529300
ISBN-10: 1941529305
Publisher: Parallax Press
Publication Date: November 8th, 2016
Pages: 304
Language: English