Peaceful WarriorI don’t like war.  I don’t like violence in any form.  So, I read Dan Millman’s The Way of the Peaceful Warrior with some trepidation when it was originally published.  I thought I got his message, and could gloss over the term “warrior,” and accept the truths Socrates imparted.  I thought the same thing each subsequent time I’ve read the book.

In preparation for this coming Monday’s (March 16) PsychicTeachers BookClub podcast, I read it yet again.  I think I got the point now.  I understand that there’s much more to meditating than I thought.  I understand that everything is here and now.  I understand I am my own teacher.  I understand nothing.

Some years ago I was invited to be on a panel with Dan Millman at a conference in Hawaii.  I was beyond excited.  However, I procrastinated in making travel arrangements and  I couldn’t understand why.  Then, on the day that was the drop-dead deadline for doing so, I learned one of my best friends had been diagnosed with cancer.  She needed someone to drive her to chemotherapy appointments at a hospital three hours away every two weeks for many weeks.  Needless to say, I didn’t make it to Hawaii.  I often wonder what might be different in my life if I’d met Dan, the peaceful warrior.

Reading The Way of the Peaceful Warrior this week, I peeled away some more layers of the onion Socrates uses as a metaphor in the book.  I also realized that my friend with cancer was one of the bravest, most peaceful warriors I have ever known.  She “lost her battle” with cancer, but won the gifts of wisdom, grace and dignity.

Join us at on Monday, March 16, 10 am eastern time to hear more about this amazing book!