Excerpt: Living as a Peaceful Warrior
This is an excerpt from the 90-minute DVD, Dan Millman: Living as a Peaceful Warrior. Maybe you saw the movie version of Dan Millman’s life – Peaceful Warrior, starring Nick Nolte as Socrates? It is often described as “Rocky for the soul.”
Dan Millman describes a way of life where the focused attention of the (zen, but grounded) gymnast is applied to all facets of daily life — from eating and walking to working and relating with others. A practice of all things.
Generally we blame our emotions on conditions outside of ourselves to which we react. It seems we’ve been conditioned to look for something to blame outside, never taking ownership. What’s truly refreshing about this particular segment is that unlike the majority of spiritual “gurus,” Dan has never been one for suppressing negative traits or thoughts to try to force positivity. The full array of emotions are healthy and have their place – stress happens when the mind resists what is. In this day and age, a peaceful warrior embraces humor and finds reasons to be unreasonably happy if they choose. It takes courage to both express that full array and rise to the challenge.
In the full, dynamic two-part program, he suggests that we can find happiness if we commit ourselves to being present while life is actually happening. By being open to the power of each moment we find within ourselves naturally unfolding talents.
Many people feel emptiness sharply and try to distract it away. We gather facts, opinions, beliefs and achievements – do you know who you are?
Dan Millman, author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior, for which the movie mentioned above is based, is a former world trampoline champion and co-captain of the 1968 University of California NCAA champion gymnastics team. He has coached gymnastics at Stanford, Oberlin and Berkeley.