Every week I eagerly wait for Saturday nights. I get chance to watch nice movies on TV. I have a habit of bugging my folks by SMSing or mailing them about any classy or feel good movie timings , if I happen to know about their telecast times in TV, well in advance. I don’t leave them if they miss them, I ask them to get the DVD asap ;) . Interestingly this Saturday My Big B (not the Amitabh Bachchan of Bollywood…but my Big Brother) constantly pestered me to watch this movie called “Peaceful Warrior”. Having faith in the choices of My Big B, I watched it so religiously right from the first scene to the titles at the end. Only after watching the complete movie I really understood why My Big B asked me in specific to watch that movie ;) .
Peaceful Warrior is a 2006 American film, based on the novel ‘Way of the Peaceful Warrior’ by Dan Milliman. This film is about a talented gymnast Dan(Scott Mechlowicz) who has everything in his life and who feels restless all times. The way he deals with himself and how he makes peace with himself with the help of his spiritual guide Socrates (Nick Nolte) is really interesting. By the way, we will not know the real name of Nick even at the end of film or even will not know who he is or where he disappears later. Dan calls his guide ‘Soc’ a short name for Socrates. We cannot help relating ourselves to the protagonist Dan almost in each and every scene.
Interactions between Dan and Soc are amazing and worth watching multiple times (not that we don’t understand them in a single glance..hehhe). The way Soc tells Dan about the characteristics of a warrior, the aspects of making peace with oneself, ideas about emptying the trash in the mind, about enjoying the beauty of present moment and about the journey of life are really amazing.
Do watch this movie if you ever get a chance and am sure it helps you in your improvement. I’m posting some scenes from this movie:
This is the scene where Soc asks Dan to empty the trash in his mind.
This is the scene where Dan understands that it’s the journey not the destination that matters.
This is the final scene of the film, where the importance of living in the present moment is emphasised wonderfully :)
Some interesting and memorable points from the movie PEACEFUL WARRIOR :
1. There are no ordinary moments.
2. This moment is the only thing that matters.
3. 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.
4. The first realization of a warrior is not knowing.
5. Every action has it’s pleasure and it’s price.
6. You haven’t yet opened your heart fully, to life, to each moment. The peaceful warrior’s way is not about invulnerability, but absolute vulnerability…to the world, to life, and to the Presence you felt. All along I’ve shown you by example that a warrior’s life is not about imagined perfection or victory; it is about love. Love is a warrior’s sword; wherever it cuts, it gives life, not death.
7. Find the love in what you do.
8. Everything has a purpose. It’s up to you to find it.
9. 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. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.
10. Some people live their whole lives without ever waking up.
11. Knowledge is not the same as wisdom.
12. Moderation? It’s mediocrity, fear and confusion in disguise. It’s the devil’s dilemma. It’s neither doing nor not doing. It’s the wobbling compromise that makes no one happy. Moderation is for the bland, the apologetic, for the fence-sitters of the world afraid to take a stand. It’s for those afraid to laugh or cry, for those afraid to live or die. Moderation…is lukewarm tea, the devil’s own brew.
13. I call myself a Peaceful Warrior…because the real battles we fight are on the inside.
14. Find your answers from inside.
15. Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is…the only problem in your life is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds.
16. Those who are hardest to love are the ones who need it most.
17. Throw out everything that is keeping you from this moment.
18. Where are you? Here. What time is it? Now. What are you? This moment.
19. There is never nothing going on.
20. Three principles of reality: Paradox, Humor, and Change.
21. There is only the journey.