Who Is A Peaceful Warrior And How Can You Become One?
‘‘I call myself a peaceful warrior because the battles we fight are on the inside.” – Socrates from The Peaceful Warrior
The Peaceful Warrior is a movie released in 2006 starring Scott Mechlowicz and Nick Nolte as the two main characters, Dan and Socrates. It was actually based on a book written by Dan Millman, who made it according to a true life story. It is a really powerful movie full of inspiring dialogues and actions made by Dan and Socrates.
If you still haven’t seen it, you will start searching for it right after reading this article which gives you just some of the life lessons presented in it. So, the whole movie for the full lesson.
Our past experience defines our limitations
Too many times, people simply rely on their previous experience to tell them how good or bad they can do something. We are doing wrong to let our past dictate what our bodies can and cannot do. Since, with time and effort, our abilities change, we should make our each attempt a completely separate experience. Nothing is set in the stone since just a few times of trying don’t mean much. Try more times, try harder, and you may be amazed by the results!
Fear causes a lack of peace in our lives
This claim, taken from the movie, makes a lot of sense when you really think about it. Regardless of the thing that caused your fear, it forces you out of the moment by focusing on your inner (both physical and emotional) reaction to it. No one can be at peace with this moment if he can’t even truly look at it due to the uneasiness from the past experience. Let go of your fears and embrace the current moment! Soon, it will be in the past itself, so don’t waste it.
Life is not black-and-white
You should never run away from your defeats. Defeats make us stronger! As a matter of fact, you should stop evaluating everything as a win/loss, i.e. success/failure situation. People generally take something out of everything. We get something out of each situation regardless of its outcome. It’s just that we get more positive feelings from those winning situations and it seems to be a lot easier to value and remember them. What is better for us is to focus on what we get from the actual experience regardless of the positive/negative feelings associated with them. The actual process of learning is based on this approach.
Don’t focus on the result itself
Have you noticed how it is hard to achieve something when you are focused solely on the result? Yes, we know there are many examples of people who let the desired end result motivate them towards success but still there is something which doesn’t relate to all the people here. Some people, while expecting the end result itself, tend to discourage themselves and downplay the process in getting there.
For example, if you want to lose 20 pounds in 1 month and fail to lose the whole desired value, it is not a failure if you’ve lost 5, 10, 15 pounds. So, it is wrong to gauge the success on whether or not the end result was accomplished. Here, you’ve lost some pounds and that is a success, too. And if you continue dieting, the result will be the desired one eventually, regardless of the pace.
Enjoy the present moment!
Your busyness prevents you from experiencing some precious moments. Today, whether we want it or not, we all lead busy lives and multi-task daily. We forget how it is important to take some time to actually fully experience every single thing at a time. You would be surprised by how much each moment has to offer when you fully give yourself to it.
”There is never nothing going on.”
Boredom in today’s world is common. With all the technology and socializing options, people tend to get bored and say: ‘There’s nothing going on.’ But we should know that even in those most boring of moments there is plenty going on. Next time you find yourself bored, take some time to getting a full observation of your surrounding. You will realize how your own existence is the thing going on – your organs working, muscles moving, thoughts piling…
Everything has a purpose
Everything we do, see, and feel in our lives has some greater purpose and servitude to our existence. It is up to you to look internally and find that meaningful significance or continue considering solely the outward experience it created. As we have already said – it is all up to you!
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