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No Ordinary Moments: A Peaceful Warrior's Guide to Daily Life (Millman, Dan) Paperback – December 28, 1992


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Product Details

  • Series: Millman, Dan
  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: HJ Kramer; First Printing edition (December 28, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915811405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915811403
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Based on the principle that to change our world we first have to change ourselves, No Ordinary Moments: a Peaceful Warrior's Guide to Daily Life, outlines principles and practices to uplift our spirits, inspire real change, and make all our journeys easier. We all share the same journey up the mountain path of life, confronting issues of relationship, sexuality, health, money, and work. A clear mind is our map: a healthy body is our vehicle: open emotions provide the fuel. The way of the peaceful warrior is an awakened approach to life filled with purpose, meaning, and spirit, in which hurdles become a source of strength, and daily life becomes a vehicle for personal evolution. -- Wisconsin Bookwatch, May 1993

Dan Millman takes the perennial wisdom on maintaining inner peace and equanimity and puts it into straightforward, everyday language and useful exercisesa most valuable book. -- Peter Russell, author of The Global Brain

For many years, I have been a devoted reader of Dan Millman's Peaceful Warrior books. I have enjoyed traveling with him as he searched for his own inner truth. It was an enthralling journey but a vicarious one.

I wanted more. I wanted to know how I could implement the ways of the peaceful warrior in my own life, and Millman's new endeavor, No Ordinary Moments: a Peaceful Warrior's Guide to Daily Life answers all my secret question and achieves even more. Millman speaks eloquently about his reasons for the title. I've learned that the quality of each moment depends not on what we get from it, but what we bring to it. I treat no moment as ordinary no matter how mundane or routine it appears.

No Ordinary Moments is a carefully designed travelogue that puts you in the drivers seat. In plain, readable, life-affirming language, Millman offers a step-by-step guide to the peaceful warriors approach to living. It is a simple premise: by balancing your body, liberating your mind and accepting your emotions, you can acquire the tools you need to transform your life. As we apply these tools we open our selves to higher levels of energy and awareness and a closer contact with our higher self, Millman writes.

Throughout the book, Millman effectively intertwines quotes and exercises that inspire you to change intention into action, challenges into strengths, and life experiences into wisdom. In the final analysis, Millman has designed a map that is easy to follow. The road to wholeness is a mere 296 pages and well worth traveling, again and again. -- Whole Life Times, August 1992

The author, also the author of books that have inspired millions, shares an awakened approach to life filled with purpose, meaning, and spirit, in which hurdles become a source of strength, and daily life becomes a vehicle for personal evolution. We all share the same journey up the mountain path of life, confronting issues of relationship, sexuality, health, money, and work. A clear mind is our map; a healthy body is our vehicle; open emotions provide the fuel. This book outlines principles and practices to uplift our spirits, inspires real change, and makes all our journeys easier. -- Publishers Marketing Association, 1992

From the Publisher

To our readers: The books we publish are our contribution to an emerging world based on cooperation rather than on competition, on affirmation of the human spirit rather than on self-doubt, and on the certainty that all humanity is connected. Our goal is to touch as many lives as possible with a message of hope for a better world. - Hal and Linda Kramer, Publishers

More About the Author

Most people who've read Way of the Peaceful Warrior (or seen the movie) already know a few aspects of my life. And you may have seen my summary bio at my website, as follows:

"Dan Millman, a former world champion athlete, coach, martial arts instructor, and college professor, is author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior (adapted to film in 2006), and numerous other books read by millions of people in 29 languages. Dan teaches worldwide and has influenced people from all walks of life, including leaders in the fields of health, psychology, education, business, politics, sports, entertainment and the arts. Dan and his wife, Joy, live in Northern California. His most recent book is The Four Purposes of Life.

Dan's website - peacefulwarrior.com -- features a link to the "Life Purpose Calculator,"and to my online courses and other resources."

Now here are some personal notes:

In my youth I focused on self-improvement, taking memory courses, speed reading; practicing martial arts and gymnastics. Then one day I realized that no matter how much I improved myself, only one person benefited -- but if I could influence other people in a positive way, that made my life more meaningful and exciting.

I began teaching gymnastics, and elements from the martial arts -- that soon shifted into the larger arena of personal growth. I began to write and to speak more widely, especially after the publication of my first book.

I've been lucky, maybe blessed, to have the chance to touch many lives around the world.

Joy and I have been married for 37 years and we grow closer each day, it seems, as we gain perspective and cultivate a sense of humor (about ourselves and one another). I'm a proud father of three grown daughters and two grandsons so far.

I believe you'd find me a good (but not perfect) example of what I teach. I continue to practice, to learn, to serve as well as I can. I do my best to keep my head in the clouds but feet on the ground.

For more info about my books and seminars, please visit www.peacefulwarrior.com, sign up for my eList, follow me on Facebook or Twitter, or just search for peaceful warrior.

Customer Reviews

Read this as a young man and it really left an impression upon me.
Josh Guffey
This book "No Ordinary Moments" fulfills the role of a spiritual yet practical guidebook.
CPTScott
To me, this book reads like a conversation between the reader's mind and Mr. Millman.
Abu Mazen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Abu Mazen on June 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
To me, this book reads like a conversation between the reader's mind and Mr. Millman. Mr.M. has interspersed several useful mental and physical(i.e. breathing) exercises amongst the various chapters of this great book, giving the publication a very practical appeal. The use of quotes is also very effective. There is no preachy, judgmental "fire & brimstone" tone to the teachings either. Mr. M. uses examples from his own life, which helps the reader get "closer" to the author.
I like Mr. M.'s approach to self-help issues such as addictions, relationships and success. One begins to realize that it is all up to the individual to CHOOSE their path when faced with ANY circumstance.
My favorite section is "The Time is Now" (pp.291-295) which truly drives home the truth that every moment of one's life can be an unreasonably happy microcosmic "lifetime".
Thank you Mr. Millman!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Mayo on January 4, 2000
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Dan's writing is clear and concise. While each new idea builds upon previous thoughts, one can read snippets here and there, and still gain great insight. As a Psychiatric nurse, I have used areas of his book to help increase understanding and insight among my higher functioning patients, with great success. Everything he writes is easy to read and understand and put into practice. A very valuable book.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 9, 1999
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Unlike much of the "it's easy to be perfectly happy" self-help genre, this book offers practical and useful ways to become more aware of each action, each reaction, and each choice we make. None of it is easy, and that is what I appreciate the most - the honesty to say it takes work.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CPTScott on June 14, 2008
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I first got introduced to Dan Millman when a friend gave me "Way Of The Peaceful Warrior" as a birthday gift. I loved the book and the teachings contained within it. In fact I recently re-read it after seeing the movie "Peaceful Warrior" and thought it was as great as the first time.

From a practical standpoint though, it can be difficult to use that book as a guidebook for one's life and incorporate the teachings since you have to extract them from the narrative. This isn't a fault of the book, it's just not written as a guidebook. In fact, much of the appeal of "Peaceful Warrior" is the way the narrative "draws you in".

This book "No Ordinary Moments" fulfills the role of a spiritual yet practical guidebook. It is a compendium of wisdom that is organized in a way that is very easy to use on a day to day basis.

I'm am reading it from cover to cover but certainly one doesn't have to use it that way.

I've been dealing with quite a bit of stress in my life recently and this book (as well as Dan's more recent guidebook "Everyday Enlightenment" which I'm reading for the second time) is tremendously helpful in helping me keep perspective and get centered. I keep the two books in different parts of my house so I have easy access to each of them depending on where I happen to be. :)

What I appreciate about Dan Millman is that he is an ordinary man (has a wife, kids, bills etc.) and therefore has a lot of "real world" credibility for a person like myself. Like him I'm a husband and father with the pressures and stresses of trying to take care of many responsibilities while also trying to stay grounded and more peaceful while growing spiritually.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jason S. Culiner on August 3, 2007
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This book has absolutely changed my life. For the past 4+ years I have been having personal issues that I refused to deal with until they all came at me at once. Dan's book helps you take your first steps on a personal journey of exploration, self-improvement, and spiritual-awakening (as your own beliefs allow). The first section of the book is a new way to look at yourself, a new way of thought, setting goals for yoru life. The next section called "tools of transformation" helps you begin that journey, which is a life-long one.

I have read several books along this genre, scanned through an untold number trying to find that one book that was easy to understand in everyday conversational writing and not Dr speak, and this is that book. It's an easy read, so easy to say "that makes great sense", "i can apply this to my own life by..." We've all seen Phd books, they talk about their practice, their patients...but I've seen so many that are completely not helpful as a guide to starting that path. This book, I can guarantee, is the book.

I'm no longer an angry person, not nearly as impatient as I once was, nor do I take for granted the things I've been given. I have to say...if I hadn't read this book...I'd be in a much worse position than I ever was...downward spiral.

Dan - thank you so much for illuminating the path of my journey.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1996
Format: Paperback
This book is a excellent book for those that want to
understand themselves, their fears, worrys, and problems in
life and FINALLY have a practical way to cure them. This
isn't your average self-help. Dan Millman is insighful,
funny, witty, and enlightening with his short storys and
object lessons. This is a MUST for anyone that wants to
find their true happiness and understand themselves better.
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