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JAIMAL YOGIS became obsessed with the ocean when his father, an Air Force Colonel and surfer, was stationed on the Azorean islands. When the family moved to landlocked Sacramento, Jaimal ran away to Hawaii to follow his lifelong dream of surfing around the globe. From there (though he had to smooth things over with his family), Jaimal never stopped traveling and exploring. His first decade of adventures -- from Buddhist monasteries to snow-covered beaches -- is the subject of Saltwater Buddha, his memoir currently being adapted into a film. One of the adventures was attending Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and Jaimal’s award-winning articles and photos have since appeared in ESPN Magazine, The Washington Post, The Surfers Journal, Afar Magazine, Gizmodo, San Francisco Magazine and many others. Jaimal’s next book, The Fear Project, is due out from Rodale in January, 2013. Jaimal is also a Surf for Life team-rider and donates a percentage of all his books to Surf for Life’s school-building programs around the globe. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Amy and son, Kai. Follow Jaimal on Twitter.

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Faith for the Faithless

(122) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 12:23 PM

"The one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways." -- James 1:6-8

Raised by a Jewish mom and a...

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Lessons From Lincoln: See the Big Picture

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 2:10 PM

Like a lot of the country, my wife Amy and I went to Lincoln over the Thanksgiving holiday. We were with Amy's family in Washington, D.C., and walking out of theater to see our nation's capital in all its glory -- leaves changing, kids playing football -- I felt overwhelmed...

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Never Waste a Good Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 3:25 PM

Whenever there's a hurricane Katrina, a 2008 market crash, or a Deepwater Horizon oil spill, pundits hammer the point that we can't waste this tragedy. We have to use our collective fear, anger, and hope as motivation to prevent such and such disaster from ever happening again. Social Security was...

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Hey Shame and Death, 'Go F@#% Yourself' -- An Interview With Dr. Arnie Kozak

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 12:30 PM

Dr. Arnie Kozak has an aphorism for you that you probably won't hear from your average psychotherapist: "Freedom from fear is nothing more than telling shame and death to go fuck themselves." A psychologist, author, mindfulness teacher and snowboarder, Dr. Kozak has been a great influence on my work, and...

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Fear Less, Love More: An Interview With MeiMei Fox

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 11:00 PM

MeiMei Fox is one of the most dynamic human beings I've ever encountered. She's one of those people who can work a 12-hour day, go home to meditate and do yoga, then party all night, and get up and do it again the next day. After studying psychology at...

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Don't Let the Fear of Failure Limit Your Genius

(8) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Having been raised by a therapist mom whose self-help/psychology books could fill a small library -- wanting, I suppose, to continue my teenage rebellion -- I promised myself I would never venture into "the motivational writer" role. But screw it. I'm no longer a teenager and my mom is almost...

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The Most Fearless Surfer

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 8:00 AM

I love the way stories spread in this era. A couple of years ago, I flew to Bangladesh and reported a story for AFAR Magazine about a homeless girl, Nassima Atker, who'd miraculously become one of the country's best surfers. (Yes, there is surfing in Bangladesh.) Despite having to...

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Swimming Through Fear With Jamie Patrick

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 9:00 AM

On Friday, August 31, at 6 a.m., ultra swimmer Jamie Patrick will begin his attempt to become the first human to ever swim around the perimeter of Lake Tahoe. Though he'll be wearing a wetsuit, the 68-mile swim will be one of the longest nonstop swims in history....

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Why We Love a Good Scare (and Game of Thrones)

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 8:57 AM

One of the best parts of the HBO series Game of Thrones is how well the writing captures fear's many facets. In this scene, Brandon Stark, son of Ned Stark, is asking Old Nan for a scary story, prompting ominous talk of their world's dreadful long winters.

"Oh, my...

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Fearless Eating: It May Be in Our Genes

(18) Comments | Posted August 19, 2012 | 10:36 AM

I ate pig cheeks last night. We'd just arrived in the small, medieval town of Evora, Portugal, renowned for its hearty cuisine and wines. I'm someone who leans vegetarian, so pig cheeks were the last thing I was craving. But sticking to my Portugal road trip policy of openness...

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Olympic Athletes: How Do They Deal With The Pressure?

(4) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 8:02 AM

One shot. That's what many of these Olympic athletes will get. The stress is nearly unimaginable. How do they deal?

I recently caught up with Jamie Nieto, one of the Team USA Olympic high jumpers. Nieto, who is 35 and likely competing in his last Olympics (extra stress), told...

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Fear And The Art Of Lowered Expectations: Thoughts From Portugal

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2012 | 8:00 AM

I'm traveling through Portugal right now with my wife, Amy, and our 6-month-old son. It's our first time to Portugal and an experiment for me. While I couldn't help dreaming of a wonderful trip while we eagerly planned where to stay, I also made a point to read almost nothing...

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Alcohol Reduces Anxiety But Not Fear

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 9:00 AM

Being in Porto, home of that famous mix of brandy and fermented grapes, I thought I would do a short post on the effects of alcohol on fear. It's well known that having a drink or two takes the edge off, reducing stress, but psychologists at the University of Wisconsin...

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The Wizardry Of Fearlessness

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 9:00 AM

While I was researching my upcoming book The Fear Project, a lot of people asked me why I chose fear as the topic. My answer never seemed to come out right, so I thought I would answer in a different way. This is a chapter from my memoir...

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Fear Lies! And Other Reasons Not To Listen To Your Inner 'Fear Factory'

(3) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 11:00 AM

"Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt."
-- William Shakespeare

The other day I was having coffee with my friend Heather, who is in one of the most fearless careers: documentary film. I know it's not working...

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The Science Of Worrying

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 9:05 AM

There you are: a view of the waves, bottle of wine just corked. The week is finally over. You're taking in the light dancing on the water when...

"What's that, honey?" you say.

"God, do you ever listen to me?" your girlfriend says, clanking her fork on her plate...

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Game of Thrones and True Bravery [SPOILER ALERT!]

(6) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 8:10 AM

Like much of the planet right now, I'm obsessed with HBO's fantasy series, Game of Thrones. I think about it pretty much every waking minute, but there was a moment in last Sunday's episode that has really stuck with me. It even puts a lump in my throat.

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Fear Won't Go Away ... But We Can Change How We React

(5) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 8:47 AM

Your body is made of about 60 percent water. The blood in your veins is close to the consistency of seawater. Even the human brain is more than two-thirds water. Keeping this in mind, try to feel that original part of yourself. Imagine those...

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