The Art of Swimming Sideways
About the Book
“…a lovely book seamlessly weaving two rich themes: The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle with its Native culture and the author’s personal spiritual journey. She artfully weaves both together like a fragrant Hawaiian lei.” Satya Graha, Compassionate Spiritual Healer, Kaua`i I am gazing at Honu, Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, from a rocky beach at the ancient ceremonial site of Puako, on the Big Island of Hawaii. As these turtles paddle to shore, the incoming tide relentlessly pushes them toward sharp lava rocks, but they simply tilt their impossibly large bodies sideways and allow the power of the incoming tide to maneuver them safely around danger. Entranced by such clever adaptation, I begin to wonder about this as a metaphor for our human condition. If turning sideways could mean changing our consciousness by shifting the weight of our perception, could we, too, allow the energy of incoming tides to work for instead of against us? In doing so, could we live more freely, with greater ease? Turtle Medicine explores meditative attention to animal wisdom through thematic vignettes about Honu, Green Sea Turtles. Meet Oakley, Mea Aloha, to discover how Hawaiians live unconditional love, and Nalukai, One Who Has Endured the Storms of Life, to learn better ways to navigate physical and emotional pain. Sit at the peace table with Kuhina, The Ambassador, and traverse the territory of the aging body with Isabella, 40 Barnacles on Her Shell. Whether your life is currently unfolding beautifully or is full of difficulty, Honu can teach you. “By definition, Robyn is a Kūpuna, who is one who ‘stands at the spring or the source.’ She is a keeper of the light and continues on her spiritual journey. Through her physical presence and her writings, Robyn brings a sense of enlightenment.” Daniel “Kaniela” Akaka, Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner “Eloquent, raw, real, and gentle, all at the same time… much like the Sea Turtle.” Stephanie Light, Clairvoyant and Intuitive Spiritual Coach
About the Author
Robyn Bridges, M Ed, former body-mind-spirit therapist and current author, inspirational speaker, and wellness teacher, has studied psychological, spiritual, and cultural relationships to the natural world for over 30 years. An honorary member of the Wolf Teaching Clan of the Seneca Nation, Robyn has blended this information into her own intuitive experiences in the wild and scenic Montana mountains as well as around the world. Following Moose Medicine and Two-Legged Medicine, Turtle Medicine completes her “Medicine Books” trilogy. She has also authored five books of poetry and is creating audio CDs illuminating the path of the evolving soul. Obtain her work through balboapress.com, amazon.com, or contact her through her own website: robynbridges.com.