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Ocean of Insight: A Sailor's Voyage from Despair to Hope Paperback – November 8, 2016
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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–edits Touching 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.
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Tilloo Cay, Abaco Islands—Bahamas December 31, 2008
I look upon the jagged shore to calculate the time until impact. It’s difficult to know exactly because the anchors scrape the ocean floor, slowing our approach. The storm is building. Waves slam against the bow and drive us backward. The ship’s engine picked this moment to stop functioning, so Dave and I are suddenly, inexplicably, without power. The sun is slipping low and soon we will be without light.
I sailed my ship, Wild Hair, to this spot because I wanted lobster from the reef for a New Year’s dinner. But this is a place of peril in a gale––especially with a busted throttle cable. Now I am exposed, disabled, at risk of losing my ship, and maybe my life.
A primal panic starts simmering at the base of my spine. It wraps my intestines. My limbs feel thick as logs and my thoughts are slow; they roll into consciousness with the speed of old movie credits. Usually, I’m a quick thinker with good judgment, but fear is turning me into a sluggish animal—a bear sliding into hibernation.
“Wind, please stop blowing,” I whisper. A cold blast strong enough to make me stagger in place is the answer.
Wishful thinking is my problem. The promise of buttered seafood seduced me into believing the wind and sea wouldn’t turn foul until late in the evening, the storm would come more from the northeast, and this lobster-peppered harbor would remain flat. In reality, the fifty-four-degree cold front textures my flesh with goose bumps and shoves the boat toward ruin. The sky and ocean froth in a matching Soviet color palette. I don’t know what to do.
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It was very exciting and very inspirational.
I was entertained and moved by the author's stories; not only was she able to share her love of sailing and of nature, but she also shared with us her passion for loving spiritually and mindfully.
Her stories hold your attention - some are gripping and terrifying, others are heart warming and funny.
I highly recommend this book.
I greatly enjoyed Heather's discussions on mindfulness. Her attitude reinforces the very important phrase that Life is 90% Attitude and 10% What Happens to You. It was enlightening to hear Heather's honesty regarding going from a very busy, always driven woman to one that could relax and be in the moment. Again, more to think about!
Many more lessons...frigate birds, sand mining....I recommend this book to any reader that wants to open up their minds to the impact humans are having on our planet, any that want to take a unique and brave adventure, and all those that practice or are interested in mindfulness.
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