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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007
6:13 am - My review of "Peaceful Warrior"

Peaceful Warrior poster.qxd

"Peaceful Warrior" is based on the book The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. It is semi-autobiographical - or, based on real experiences of Dan Millman's.

I have to admit, I would probably never have heard of this movie if I hadn't found a copy of the book about 4 years ago at a garage sale. I spent a whole 25 cents on the book, which blew me away!

Both the book and the movie are very subtle. On the surface (which is about all most people will get from this) either one could be called "One year in the boring life of a college jock" - and be right.

But, there is so much more inside, for someone who is looking. In fact, that is (to me, right now) the MAIN message - look.


Most of us seem to think we're paying attention to life, when in actual practice we tune out more than 90% of our daily experiences. Added to that, we carry around a ton of "mental noise" (what I call it) that clouds our thinking and affects our judgment - in very BAD ways. The two main lessons this movie shows Dan learning are to pay attention to EVERYTHING and clear his mind of the background chatter. Or, as a friend of mine once put it - live in "present time" - not the past or the future. Here. Now. And observe - intensely observe - what is really here right now.

Or, as the character Socrates put it in the movie, "There is NEVER nothing going on."

Oh, btw - I LOVED this movie. It helped me to realize a mistake I made over 20 years ago, that fortunately is still within my grasp of correcting.

In October of 1980, I had surgery on my left leg for a bone tumor. I had just turned 18 years old. Prior to that, I had been a distance runner - it was routine for me to run 5-10 miles per day, and 15 when training for a race. When it came to races, I always did poorly (we didn't know at the time that I had an enlarged heart and a congenital murmur) but I still enjoyed the act of running. Another quote from the movie, "A warrior finds the love in what he does." I loved running - being outside, cruising through nature, having time alone to gather and sort out my thoughts, and being in good physical shape. I was also a swimmer - or half-fish as my mom frequently accused me.

After the bone tumor, for about the first 6 months, every chance I got I would leave the hospital to go do something that violated the rules I'd been given about what I could or could not do with my leg. Every time resulted in my return to the hospital, with fresh damage to my leg. Eventually, I made the mistake of believing the limits, and gave up.

I now realize that there have been other times since then when, usually in service to others, I've exceeded those limits and gotten away with it. I need to own THAT frame of mind - that I am not bound by those limits - and go back into training. Not because I want to compete, but because I have always loved running. Just like Dan did in the book and movie.

So, on the way home from the movie yesterday, we stopped at a mall in Joplin, and bought a pair of Sketchers running shoes (the cheapest pair of shoes in the whole store!) so that I can start working out at what I loved again. I truly believe that this is why all the other workouts I've tried have failed. I wasn't outside - running! Of course, I'm going to have to work into it gradually - I'm certainly not in good enough shape to run 5 miles today - but I can get there.

current mood: content

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Friday, August 11th, 2006
12:03 am - So.... did you see it?

I went to see Peaceful Warrior opening weekend in Mt. View and loved it. It's awesome to see spiritual movies like this make the big screen with good actors and production companies. It helps lift the world of spirituality out from under the rock that a lot of people seem to put it under, and bring it mainstream for the world to see.

At first I was skeptical of casting Scott in Dan's role, but after seeing it I think he was the perfect choice. Same opinion with Soc.

I think we need more movies like this and Celestine Prophecy... unfortunately, Celestine Prophecy was a much smaller run, and production was indeed considerably less "Hollywood" as well. Of course, that's also the nature of that book so the movie isn't really far off there.

Think we'll see a sequel?

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2006
1:33 pm - Movie Trailer / Website

Woohoo! Only one more month.

The website has the trailer & a neat photo gallery with sound bytes from the movie. They even made icons to use. :)

part of an email from Dan:
On June 2, the long-awaited PEACEFUL WARRIOR MOVIE will open in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Phoenix -- and soon after, in cities across the U.S.

Joy and I had a chance to see the film and were delighted by how well it turned out.

The movie covers the first two-thirds of the book (my college years), and has some new elements -- yet it expresses the heart and message of the story in a way that will thrill readers of the book as well as captivate a new mainstream audience.

To see the Trailer and learn the latest up-to-date information, visit ThePeacefulWarriorMovie site, where you can also view the Synopsis, Photo Gallery, Cast and Crew List, plus a Message Board to ask questions and express your views. (Later, you can easily return to the movie site by going to www.peacefulwarrior.com and clicking on The Movie button.)

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Thursday, January 26th, 2006
7:42 pm - Peaceful Warrior - The Movie


It's in post-production now... slated for release June 2006 :)

from Dan:

"Joy and I recently saw an advance screening of the film and I'm happy to say that we are both quite pleased by how well it turned out. The producers, director, actors, and crew had their hearts in the project and they rose to the occasion.

All the actors, including Scott Mechlowicz as "Dan," Amy Smart as "Joy," and Nick Nolte as Socrates, did a wonderful job.

In a few weeks, as one of our valued email subscribers, you will receive a special email about the film with:

* exclusive photos from the movie
* inside information (including my comments)
* an advance peek at an early trailer

You'll be free to share it all with friends and loved ones.
In the meantime, click here for the photo of a magic moment from the film ..."

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Tuesday, January 25th, 2005
12:28 am - Knock, Knock . . . .

I was just wondering if anyone is here. I'm interested in learning more about this path to growth, and am just wondering if anyone is paying attention to this group. Or, is it dead?

current mood: peaceful

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Wednesday, January 5th, 2005
11:11 pm

Hello. I'm Rachel. Don't mind me if I'm a little overbearing with posting in a community that seems to be dead from the looks of it. I just looove The Way of The Peaceful Warrior. I read it for the first time a year and a half ago and it had a big impact on me.

If anyone is up for it, I'd like to start some sort of discussion about Millman. I dunno, I just think he's a really cool individual and his views on spirituality are some of the most intriguing and complex I have ever come across.

Hmm, so I have a few simple Q's for each and every person interested:

1) How did you get into Dan Millman? Any intersting stories?

2) What was the first of his books you read?

3) Is there anything out there you've come across that paralleled his work in terms of presenting a sheerly amazing story about spiritual growth?

current mood: sleepy

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Saturday, August 7th, 2004
11:04 pm - damn

it seems to be dead

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11:02 pm - hi

just discivered this by accident, I had "peaceful warriors" plural on my interests, so I never noticed this before.

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Wednesday, December 25th, 2002
2:11 am

Happy Holidays!


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Monday, April 8th, 2002
12:17 pm

Hey Everyone.. this is just a welcome to the Peaceful Warriors community. For anyone who is a fan of Dan Millman, Socrates, Mama Chia, etc. this is the place for you.

Here we can discuss the philosophies of the "peaceful warrior" way of life.

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