Way of the Peaceful Warrior is a fable involving Dan, a college gymnastics star and an old man working the midnight shift at a local garage who Dan names Socrates.
It is a great story filled with many great thoughts and practices. I will definitely read this book again, perhaps annually.
Because the book is written as a fable, for me anyways, I find it more challenging to summarize than the typical personal development book, which is good and refreshing.
One of the main ideas is to get outside your thoughts and emotions, as if you were watching them, and choose which of each you want, instead of letting circumstances turn your thoughts and emotions into something they don't have to be.
The book was made into a Major Motion Picture by Lionsgate.
We should pursue goals and purposes intently and with great focus however, we must not become 'attached' to our expectations. If life changes your goals, by being not 'attached' to them mentally or emotionally, you can remain joyful and content throughout life.
Be present in the moment by focusing your thoughts exclusively on whatever you are doing right now right where you are. Unclutter your thoughts through meditation and exercise, both preferably outdoors.
By living a simple life you can be happy and wealthy with a lot less money.
During his junior year at the University of California, Dan Millman first stumbled upon his mentor (nicknamed Socrates) at an all-night gas station.
At the time, Millman hoped to become a world-champion gymnast. "To survive the lessons ahead, you're going to need far more energy than ever before," Socrates warned him that night. "You must cleanse your body of tension, free your mind of stagnant knowledge, and open your heart to the energy of true emotion." From there, the unpredictable Socrates proceeded to teach Millman the "way of the peaceful warrior."
At first Socrates shattered every preconceived notion that Millman had about academics, athletics, and achievement. But eventually Millman stopped resisting the lessons, and began to try on a whole new ideology--one that valued being conscious over being smart, and strength in spirit over strength in body.
Although the character of the cigarette-smoking Socrates seems like a fictional, modern-day Merlin, Millman asserts that he is based on an actual person.
Certain male readers especially appreciate the coming-of-age theme, the haunting love story with the elusive woman Joy, and the challenging of Western beliefs about masculine power and success. --Gail Hudson