Peaceful Warrior: Here's Why This 2006 Movie Has Got Some of the Most Beautiful Life Lessons
Peaceful Warrior is a drama film based on the bestselling novel Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman.
Peaceful Warrior is a 2006 film based on the novel Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. The movie, directed by Victor Salva, is inspired by Dan’s real life story as a talented gymnast (portrayed by Scott Mechlowicz) who meets with an accident but is able to recover and get back to gymnastics with the help of a spiritual guide Socrates (portrayed by Nick Nolte). Peaceful Warrior offers many valuable lessons on spiritual discovery, overcoming adversity and achieving seemingly impossible goals through willpower.
Here are some of the most powerful lessons from the movie, which can help you refocus on your goals:
* A warrior acts, a fool reacts.
* Some people live their whole lives without ever waking up.
* There is never nothing going on. There are no ordinary moments.
* Sometimes you have to lose your mind before you come to your senses.
* Everyone tells you what to do and what's good for you. They don't want you to find your own answers. They want you to believe theirs.
* You control you. Master you.
* Don’t fall into the trap — If only I had this, I’d be … If only … , I’d get to be happy.
* You can’t attain happiness, it attains you but only after you surrender everything else.
* Death isn’t sad. The sad thing is most people don’t live at all.
* Habit is the problem. All you need to do is be conscious about your choices and be responsible for your actions.
* It is better for you to take responsibility for your life as it is, instead of blaming others, or circumstances, for your predicament. As your eyes open, you’ll see that your state of health, happiness, and every circumstance of your life has been, in large part, arranged by you — consciously or unconsciously.
* Refine your senses a little more each day; stretch them, as you would in the gym. Finally, your awareness will pierce deeply into your body and into the world. Then you’ll think less and feel more. That way you’ll enjoy even the simplest things in life—no longer addicted to achievement or expensive entertainments.
* Keep a sense of humour, especially about yourself. It is a strength beyond all measure.
* People are afraid of what's inside and that's the only place they're ever gonna find what they need.
* Don’t pin your success on outcomes.
* There is no better, you will never be better. Same way you’ll never be less than anybody else.
If you don't get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don't want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can't hold on to it forever.
* Make every move about the move — that one moment in time.
* The peaceful warriors’ way is not about invulnerability, but absolute vulnerability, to the world, to life
* Where are you? Here. What time is it? Now. What are you? This Moment.
The book Way of the Peaceful Warrior, which is part-autobiographical and part-fictional, has been a bestseller in several countries since its publication in 1980 and has been translated into 29 languages. Though it focuses on an athlete’s journey towards a world championship, the book's messages about how to live life resonate with many and are timeless. Author Dan Millman, who is also a lecturer in the personal development field, wrote about the response to the book on his official website, “When I wrote it, I had no idea that so many people, young and old, from different walks of life, would find my story so inspiring. Over the years I’ve asked myself why. I believe it’s because my story also touched upon universal themes-our common quest for meaning and purpose and direction. Somehow it reminds readers of what they had always known but forgotten — the bigger picture and essential perfection of our lives unfolding.”