December 15, 2002



a True Story of Zen in the Art of Windsurfing
by Laurie Nadel

  After living through last fall’s terrorist attacks, bioterrorism, and the first wave of war in Afghanistan, many people are searching for inspiration and oases of calm. Laurie Nadel’s memoir, Dancing with the Wind is an antidote for these times.

Based on journals she started keeping in the 1980’s, when she took up windsurfing as a counterbalance to a hectic TV news job, Dancing with the Wind tells how she began studying Zen as a way of staying centered when life throws a curve or two. The 1953 classic Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel, which describes a Westerner’s attempts to find the inner balance needed to shoot arrows effortlessly, became a model for her writing and windsurfing. With humor and humility, Nadel describes her simultaneous struggle to overcome a klutzy self-image while balancing marriage, motherhood, and career.

Her inner journey began when she came down with chronic fatigue syndrome in 1987 and spent two years on disability. Since there is no conventional medical cure for chronic fatigue syndrome, Nadel learned how to meditate and searched out natural healing alternatives that enabled her to recover and begin a new career as an author. In 1990, after her nonfiction bestseller, Sixth Sense, was published to critical acclaim, she started working on her PH.D. in psychology.

She was just getting back on her feet when a series of financial and real estate problems took their toll. At the age of 43, Laurie Nadel came down with sudden-onset asthma and nearly died. She had her Near-Death Experience in which she was told she would never recover, despite conventional medical wisdom. Doctors insisted that she would be permanently disabled and would never recover sufficiently to work or windsurf again.

Nadel’s determination to heal led her to alternative methodologies: hypnotherapy and neurolinguistic programming. Replaying highlights of her peak windsurfing experiences on eastern Long Island – which Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard calls “remembered wellness” – regenerated optimism, and a sense of well-being.

CBS News anchor Dan Rather writes, “Dancing with the Wind inspires and invigorates. Excellent.”

It has also been praised by Ellen Slawsby, Ph. D. of Harvard Medical School and Olympic skier Suzy Chaffee as courageous, gutsy and motivational.

Nadel writes with revealing honesty about the painful breakup of her marriage, her struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, low self-image, and a heartbreaking love which led to a remarkable “spiritual emergency” and magical breakthrough so astonishing, she earned the name “Princess X-Files.”

As she takes the reader on a real expedition into the Amazon where she an her companions are taken hostage by a tribe of headhunters, Nadel’s adventures lead to a swinging bridge, boiling mud, giant insects, and another Near-Death Experience when she slips while scaling a rock face above a sheer gorge. Whether she is hiking in South America or windsurfing off the Long Island coast, Nadel writes clearly about her passion for wild places, adventurous spirit, and reflective search for meaning.

If Bridget Jones had written The Bell Jar, with a guest appearance by Carlos Castaneda, the result would be Dancing with the Wind¸ a spiritual adventure that can inspire, rejuvenate, and heal anyone who is struggling with the uncertainty of the times.
There is a story of a man in Sarajevo who used to play his violin in the town square every afternoon, with the bombs exploding all around him. When people asked him why, he said, “Because the world needs music more than anything.” Dancing with the Wind is like his music.
  About Laurie Nadel
  LAURIE NADEL spent the first twenty years of her career working for such major news organizations as Newsweek, United Press International, Reuters Television, the United Nations news service, ABC News and CBS News. She now writes features on the marine environment for The New York Times. The author of five books, including the 1990 nonfiction bestseller Sixth Sense, Nadel has appeared on “Oprah” and dozens of other shows around the country and in Europe. Articles about her work have appeared in Investors’ Business Daily, Woman’s Day, New Woman, Ladies Home Journal, McCalls, and United Press International. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology. Visit
  Dancing with the Wind
By Laurie Nadel
Paraview Press (Trade Paperback),
Pub. Date: May 15, 2002
ISBN: 1931044-31-7, Mind, Body, Spirit
DOI: Dancing With The Wind: A True Story of Zen in the Art of Windsurfing
6x9, 321 pages, $17.95
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  Paraview Publishing is a publisher that utilizes new media technology to publish quality works in body, mind, and spirit and the frontiers of science and culture -- areas related to the transformation of society. Our imprints include Paraview Press, print-on-demand books for niche audiences; Paraview Special Editions, reprints of select out-of-print books and international books; and Paraview Pocket Books, traditionally published works for a wide audience. Based in New York City, Paraview targets a global audience, including over 50 million Americans who are interested in health lifestyles, personal development and the transformation of society.

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