Way of the Peaceful Warrior
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Life is not a private affair. A story and its lessons are only made useful if shared.
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You hold many facts and opinions, yet know little of yourself. Before you can learn, you’ll have to first empty your tank.”
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“You understand many things but have realized practically nothing.”
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“Understanding is the one-dimensional comprehension of the intellect. It leads to knowledge. Realization is three-dimensional — a simultaneous comprehension of head, heart, and instinct. It comes only from direct experience.”
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No amount of knowledge will nourish or sustain your spirit; it can never bring you ultimate happiness or peace. Life requires more than knowledge; it requires intense feeling and constant energy. Life demands right action if knowledge is to come alive.”
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“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.”
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“‘Only the supremely wise and the ignorant do not alter.’”
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Everyone everywhere lived a confused, bitter search. Reality never matched their dreams; happiness was just around the corner — a corner they never turned.
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“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.
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Just so, stressful thoughts reflect a conflict with reality. Stress happens when the mind resists what is.”
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Finally, I realized the process of real meditation — to expand awareness, to direct attention, to ultimately surrender to the light of consciousness.
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“Meditation consists of two simultaneous processes: One is insight — paying attention to what is arising. The other is surrender — letting go of attachment to arising thoughts. This is how you cut free of the mind.”
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“Fear and sorrow inhibit action; anger generates it. When you learn to make proper use of your anger, you can change fear and sorrow to anger, then turn anger to action. That’s the body’s secret of internal alchemy.”
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“To rid yourself of old patterns, focus all your energy not on struggling with the old, but on building the new.” (also see Atomic Habits)
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“Emotions are natural, like passing weather. Sometimes it’s fear, sometimes sorrow or anger. Emotions are not the problem. The key is to transform the energy of emotion into constructive action.”
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“One of the Japanese Olympic gymnasts once told me that it’s not your bad habits that count, but your good ones.” “That means your good habits must become so strong that they dissolve those which are not useful.”
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“The pleasure from eating, Dan, is more than the taste of the food and the feeling of a full belly. Learn to enjoy the entire process — the hunger beforehand, the careful preparation, setting an attractive table, chewing, breathing, smelling, tasting, swallowing, and the feeling of lightness and energy after the meal.
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“Proper posture is a way of blending with gravity, Dan. Proper attitude is a way of blending with life.”
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“Don’t get distracted by your experiences. Experiences come and go; if you want experiences, go to the movies; it’s easier than all these yogas — and you get popcorn. Meditate all day, if you like; hear sounds and see lights, or see sounds and hear lights. But don’t get seduced by experience. Let it all go!”
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“It’s better to make a mistake with the full force of your being than to timidly avoid mistakes with a trembling spirit. Responsibility means recognizing both pleasure and price, action and consequence, then making a choice.”
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“There are no ordinary moments!”
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I saw that I had never learned how to enjoy life, only how to achieve. All my life I had been busy seeking happiness, not finding it.
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The birth of the mind is the death of the senses
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You’ve become bored with things because they only exist as names to you. The dry concepts of the mind obscure your direct perception.”
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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.
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“You are rich if you have enough money to satisfy all your desires. So there are two ways to be rich: You earn, inherit, borrow, beg, or steal enough money to meet all your desires; or, you cultivate a simple lifestyle of few desires; that way you always have enough money.
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The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”
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“It doesn’t matter what you do, only how well you do it.
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For every strength there is a weakness — and for every weakness, a strength.
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“Better to live until you die,”
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“So remember, Dan, embody what you teach, and teach only what you have embodied.”
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“Enlightenment is not an attainment, Dan; it is a Realization. And when you wake up, everything changes and nothing changes. If a blind man realizes that he can see, has the world changed?”
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There is no need to search; achievement leads to nowhere. It makes no difference at all, so just be happy now!
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Open your eyes and see that you are far more than you imagine. You are the world, you are the universe; you are yourself and everyone else, too!