Surfing the Sea of Chi



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About The Book

In an effort to overcome her lifelong fear of all things water, Lea takes up the challenge of surfing at forty years old. Even in the clear, shallow waters of Cocoa Beach, with her friend and avid surfer Mersea at her side, she struggles to catch her breath in waist-deep water because of her intense fear. But, using tai chi and qigong breath work techniques, she is able to calm her breathing and quickly realizes surfing is a lot like tai chi.

Although going mostly unnoticed, breathing is the key to not only Lea’s surfing success but also living a healthy, vibrant life. She explains how a healthy breath creates mind-body health. She also teaches us that the opposite is true: a panic, fear-based breath creates a life of anxiety. Each chapter begins with words from the primary Taoist text, the Tao Te Ching, and then uses those principles to explore surfing as a form of Taoism.

Lea provides evidence of how chi arts can help heal many individual, societal, and environmental diseases in a cost-effective manner. Lea recognizes “spirit” as a simple, natural energy, not out of the ordinary. For complete health, people need harmony of mind, body, and spirit. Interwoven throughout her surf story is the need for self-responsible daily choices in order to achieve balance and harmony. You will be left with a sense of empowerment and the knowledge of simple chi arts techniques that have profound personal and planetary health impacts.

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Product Details
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Indigo River Publishing (November 20, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 248 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1950906132
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1950906130
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.7 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.62 x 9 inches
“There’s a tremendous amount of accessible yet profound wisdom. . . . Paradigm-shifting ideas in a non-threatening, non-judgmental way.”  “Absolutely a heartening, inspiring journey and ending. . .This is clearly not a vanity project.”  
     – Dr. Taj A. Mahon-Haft, Sociologist, Founder of The Humanization Project

“Surfing and Taiji both focus on energy (氣 Qi in Chinese), they teach human beings how to absorb it from the environment and turn it into healing power. Lea’s story is a clear example of this; she used the ‘Qi’ of waves to overcome her deepest fear. Her book is a fascinating, intimate story, one that opens a new chapter in waveriding as a form of meditation.”       – Nicola Zanella, author Children of the Tide, coach Chinese National Surf Team