Today's post is a look at author Dan Millman's book, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior and the 2006 movie 'Peaceful Warrior', starring Nick Nolte, Scott Mechlowicz and Amy Smart, and is a powerful drama of self-reflection leading to a life transforming break through for this struggling college student.
Dan, our hero, is successful at college; on many levels. He is socially adept, he is a good athlete (Gymnastics) and yet her has personal frustrations that maintain, for him, a level of dissatisfaction.
One day, while riding his motorcycle, he is involved in a serious accident. The resulting injuries, he sustained, threaten to ruin his most cherished goal; an NCAA championship in Gymnastics.
During his struggle to heal, from his injuries, he meets the mysterious man who will eventually become his mentor, Socrates; played by Nick Nolte.
This leads them through a tumultuous relationship which lead Dan to learning the essence of what it takes to be truly aware and engaged with life.
Through his dialog s with Socrates, Dan soon discovers...
Now check out this vital scene from the movie; and this monologue by Socrates that speaks to the power of the present moment.
Each and every moment is a sacred opportunity for your awareness to provide you with insights that may lead to enhanced self-discovery and growth.
As a student, it's important to maximize the value of each moment. When your are consciously present, in each moment, you are able to gain the best return on your investment that is possible.
Let's say you are paying $30,000 per year for your college expenses; every time you miss a class session you have just tossed away $937.00 (based upon 2 16 week semesters per academic year) Does that make good financial sense to you?
When you are in a lecture and your mind is somewhere else, it's still the same amount you just wasted.
This is just one of the reasons why being present in each moment is so valuable.
We live in a culture that values conformity and throughout your life you have received copious social conditioning efforts aimed at encouraging you to be just like everyone else; to fit in.
To thrive in life you need to captain your own ship and trust your inner guidance system to lead you through the troubled waters that are your life experiences. Being aware and present in each moment is the beginning point for authentic learning
Another lesson found in The Peaceful Warrior is the the idea; beautifully expressed in the following quote~in~image...
Dan goes to the heart of the matter by combining present moment awareness with a passion to follow the energy of love. One of the balancing acts authentic learners need to embrace is this notion of following your passion coupled with being present in each moment of your life.
When you are present in each moment and follow your intuition you will be lead to discovery of value within each of your live experiences.
For you, as an authentic learner, embracing an enhanced relationship with yourself will provide you the opportunity for greater trust, in your intuition, and enhanced awareness and joy in each moment!
When you believe in yourself and embrace each moment; good things will follow. Where there is focused awareness coupled with joy; authentic learning is a natural consequence.
Dan also discovers that change in how you perceive your world lies at the heart of your happiness and peace.
As you view this video of some of the powerful dialog between Dan and Socrates; you see that shaking up your mindset frees you to become the authentic person you are meant to be.
I hope you realize the power of The Peaceful Warrior in providing you with insights into the nature of what it means to be an authentic learner.
Is the way of the Peaceful Warrior for you?