Way of the Peaceful Warrior

I’m a HUGE fan of Purpose Fairy.  It’s one of those websites that makes you think about who you are and why you are here with every single article/post.  And I LOVE that.  So when I saw “Way of the Peaceful Warrior on the sidebar as a recommended reading, I decided to check it out at the library.

Honestly, all I knew was it’s a spiritual book written by a former gymnast. 

Well, I picked it up on Saturday and finished it on Tuesday night.  I kinda liked it a lot!

This is a hard book to review because no two people are going to walk away from it with the same thoughts, feelings, ideas.  However the basic premise is this – a young student gymnast happens to meet a mysterious man one night at a gas station and his life changes forever.  He can no longer go back to being a college student caught up in the ups and downs of everyday life.  He’s forced to “wake up” and see the world and his own life in a different light. 

One huge lesson I gained from this book is that we must try our very hardest to live in the present.  The past is gone, and there’s absolutely nothing any one of us can do about that.  And the future is one big unknown, and no matter how hard we try we can’t predict it.  All we have is now.  This is easier said than done, but I’ve found that I’m the happiest when focused on the present.  When I go back in time or jump to the future, I’m robbing myself of the only sure thing I have…the now.

Another relatively simple concept that stuck with me had to do with keeping a sense of humor whenever possible, especially when it comes to yourself.  I’m trying to do this more in different situations (marriage, friendships, work) because I find that it helps give me the strength to move forward.  And honestly, I’ve learned that taking myself seriously is a lot of work.  It’s much easier to laugh at my imperfections and quirks because they they make me who I am.  And who I am is enough.

Vulnerability is another topic that’s addressed over and over again throughout the story.  We are so afraid to get hurt, so afraid to let others see us as anything other than perfect, so afraid to let our guard down.  And that’s really ironic because the only way to live life is to open yourself up to all that it has to offer, including the not so great stuff.   Vulnerability is true courage and without exposing it and owning it for ourselves, we’re only half living. 

My short review/lessons learned don’t even begin to scratch the surface with what this book can offer to people who read it with an open, clear mind.  Like I said before, no two people are going to walk away with the same a-ha moments, but that’s the beauty of it.  In fact, this book may not be for everyone.  But if you’ve even once questioned your purpose or thought about life’s true meaning, this book may be worth checking out. 

And with that, I leave you with my favorite quote from the book…

“Wake up! If you knew for certain you had a terminal illness–if you had little time left to live–you would waste precious little of it! Well, I’m telling you…you do have a terminal illness: It’s called birth. You don’t have more than a few years left. No one does! So be happy now, without reason–or you will never be at all.”

12 Thoughts on “Way of the Peaceful Warrior

  1. I love books like this which leave an impact long after you finishing reading it! Although it sounds morbid, we really need to live each day like it’s our last…who’s to say when the opportunity to do something will slip through our fingers!

    And I’m totally with you about having a sense of humor! We can’t always change a situation but we can change our approach to it…so why not at least try and enjoy the ride!

    • At first glance, it does seem like a sad way to look at life. But really, if you think about it, we do have a limited amount of time on Earth so why not make the most it, be happy, and laugh A LOT! :)

  2. I love that quote! I’m all about making the most of each moment. Go big or go home!

  3. That sounds very interesting, and I love the quote!

  4. Jasmine on November 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm said:

    I had so many negative thoughts today. But reading this post made me think in other ways
    Loved it

  5. It’s funny isn’t it that we get so bogged down in the everyday and mundane that if it was our last day – I know I’d be so annoyed!! :D Having a sense of humour about things definitely helps :)

  6. Hi Parita!! I have been following your blog off and on but have been so busy lately. Today I logged on and saw that you just reviewed the book I started reading yesterday! Coincidence! Now I cannot wait to finish it. Love your blog..you and Vishnu are adorable! Keep laughing and inspiring people out there to be healthy.

    • Hi Aneeta! Thank you so much for reading. :) Your comment made me smile!

      And when you’re done with the book, let me know what you thought. That’s pretty awesome that you happened to be reading it as well. Small world!!

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