I 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 www.blogtalkradio.com/psychicteachersbookclub on Monday, March 16, 10 am eastern time to hear more about this amazing book!