Way of the Peaceful Warrior Book Review
Product: Way of the Peaceful Warrior
Where to Buy:Amazon.com
What’s inside: Priceless insight, a miraculous story, and wisdom that changes lives.
My Rating: ∞/10
Way of the Peaceful Warrior Book Review
Do you remember a certain time in your life when everything changed? Nothing on the outside changed at all, but on the inside, your whole perspective was altered. Maybe you met someone for a few days or hours, they suggested something to you, and you took their advice on some weird feeling in your stomach. Maybe nothing changed right after that conversation, and you went about the rest of your day. But when you got home and looked up what they suggested, everything from that point on was different. Maybe this moment hasn’t happened yet, and here you are looking at it.
Here is where my journey of spirituality started.
Almost exactly 2 years ago, I worked for some family friends who do landscaping, specifically for Monsanto at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur IL. I was one of their hired hands, the other who pointed me to the path I am on today went/goes by the name of Max Dean. I am not sure if that is actually his name, I cannot find him on social media, and I have not heard from or seen him since. I’ve learned that people who have this kind of significance do not seem to stay very long. He had holey jeans, a grungy t-shirt, and most remarkably a ratty White Castle hat. He told me he was going to use the money he made that week to buy a motorcycle to travel across the country. Our last night working together we sat in the back of trailer talking about his life journey. It was at this moment that my life unknowingly changed forever.
He outlined the past few years of playing music, working for an insurance company, (among other places) and his extensive drug use. It was during this time that he discovered spirituality, and with that, he recommended the book by Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior. The text below the title states ” A book that changes lives.” Boy did it change my life. August two years ago, I was about to start my freshman year of college, had no idea what my plan was or what I wanted to do, and was not exactly making the best choices for myself.
“Your business is not to ‘get somewhere’ — it is to be here.”
I have quoted Dan Millman several times throughout my blog, and for good reason. His simple teachings are practical, extremely beneficial, and have been a huge part of the process that has not only saved my life but also turned it around for the better. Normally an avid reader, I had gotten away from it that last year in high school as well as over the summer. I read this book in probably a total of 12 hours over 2 days. Maybe less. So enough with the backstory, what is this book all about?
This book tells the true story of his own life, his discovery of spirit throughout his college life as a collegiate gymnast, under the mentorship of a man he called Socrates. Socrates worked at a small gas station in Berkeley, California, where Dan was going to college. While out one night, he stumbled into the service station, where he met the old man. They became friends, and every night after school and gymnastics training, Dan would go down to Socrates and learn the ways of being a Peaceful Warrior.
“It doesn’t matter what you do, only how well you do it.”
Dan realizes that while he has many things in life that most people chase after -good grades, trophies, friends, girls, family money- he is unhappy. Socrates teaches Dan that his source of unhappiness is his mind and that in order to be content and happy with his life, he must discipline himself in being present; right here, right now. Dan now sees a split in his life, the ways of society vs. the spiritual message that Socrates is teaching him. During his acceptance of happiness coming from within, he gets in a motorcycle accident, shattering his leg. Through listening to Socrates of a healthy diet, awareness of his body, and calm through this tough time, he comes back to help his team win the national collegiate gymnastics.
While I would like to share my perspective of his whole story, it would be very unkind to spoil the book. Regardless of how much I told you, the real magic (and there is a tingle I get every time I pick up his books) comes from reading it yourself. The lessons he learned and now share have dramatically changed my life. I own 7 of his books, and one day would like to own all of them. His journey is remarkable and has provided me with a solid foundation for my own spiritual practice. As the above quote says, it does not matter who you are, or what you do. All of us are unique and different in our own ways. The key in any activity is to be fully aware, fully present.
Dan Millman has completely changed my view of myself, as well as life. This book has not only given me a keen sense of self-awareness, it has also shown me a purer, kinder version of myself. I would not be the man I am today were it not for Max, and thus Dan. This book has guided me to a place where I have learned to love who I am, as well as have a deeper appreciation for the world. It would never have happened had I not been curious and inquisitive while planting flowers with a guy in a dirty White Castle hat. Max, if you ever stumble upon this, I would like to thank you again for showing me this life changing book. You have planted a seed that has helped me discover my soul, and I could not be more grateful for that. Thank you.
If you have any questions, comments, ideas, or would like to share the start of your journey, feel free to leave it below! I would love to hear about it, and I hope you have a wonderful day!