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on October 15, 2015
Part 1 – The Peaceful Warrior’s Way - Chapter 1 includes a poem about the way of the Peaceful Warrior. There is an exercise to see the Face of a Peaceful Warrior. You’ll learn of the Three Selves: 1) The Basic Self; 2) The Conscious Self; and 3) The Higher Self. This chapter includes an exercise for experiencing the three selves. You learn about the body, mind and emotions; the weakest link; a balanced life; courage and love.

Chapter 2 includes ups and downs, the simple life, relationships issues and lessons of daily life.

Chapter 3 includes how life is school and the blessings of adversity. There is also an exercise about hearing from adversity. You’ll learn of the Blue bird’s Lesson, riding the Natural Cycles, The Teachings of Death and Separation and surviving the death of a loved one. This chapter includes an excellent exercise in saying good-bye. This chapter also covers the end of relationships and includes a Separation Ceremony. You’ll also learn how to understand suffering.

Part II – Up the Mountain Path - Chapter 4 is about getting real; Life, illusion and reality. Listed are 8 rules for being human. You’ll learn the hazards of illusion and the short-term and long-term consequences. This chapter includes an exercise entitled Choices and Consequences.

Chapter 5 covers universal addictions and compulsions. You‘ll learn how to understand energy. There is also an exercise entitled Sensing Energy Fields. You’ll learn how the body is a channel of energy, the 3 obstructions (mental, emotional and physical). You’ll learn the 7 gateways of stress release. This chapter also covers fear and high-risk behaviors. There is also an exercise called the Habit Assessment.

Chapter 6 is about the will to change. This chapter covers knowing vs. doing, the 3 selves in conflict and cooperation. There are 4 exercises in this chapter and they are entitled Exciting Memories; Pleasure and Pain; Three Selves, Three Motives; and Pros and Cons – The Decision to Change. You’ll learn how what you imagine becomes reality. The author goes into depth about the process of change, resistance to change and the 6 keys to transformation. You’ll learn how to teach the basic self through the body, the power of commitment, forming new patterns and visualizing the road ahead

Part III – Tools for Transformation - Chapter 7 is about balancing the body. This chapter includes exercises entitled Forgiving the Body; and Back to Nature and Conscious Eating. You’ll learn about the body and natural laws, a Warrior’s approach to diet, systematic undereating and adapting to a new dietary lifestyle. This chapter also includes the 3 benefits of fasting and includes an exercise entitled Diet: Taking the Next Step. This chapter also goes into depth about exercise. It contains an exercise entitled One-Minute Tension Release. You’ll also learn the 3 advantages of getting a massage from someone else and the 4 advantages of self-massage, as well as the 6 principles of self-massage. Concluding with a One-Minute Self-Massage exercise. Balancing the body also includes stretching, breathing and alignment.

Chapter 8 – Liberating the Mind includes 2 kinds of knowledge, objective and subjective. This is where the books get’s interesting. You’ll learn that consciousness is synonymous with God or Spirit. You’ll learn that your mind can be a source of stress and how to recognize distorted beliefs. You will learn 8 principles for choosing the deliberate, conscious and committed practice of meditation. This chapter also includes making decisions and trusting intuition.

Chapter 9 – Accepting Emotions includes the importance of feeling, relaxation and release, reasons to rebalance and expression.

Part IV – The Battle Within begins with Chapter 10 – Self – Concept. Here you’ll learn how you can be a prisoner of self-concept, the limitations of experience, how to visualize the positive, the principles of excellence, pushing your limits, staying open to possibilities and modeling who you want to become.

Chapter 11 – Self-Worth – tells how to master the hurdle, the spectrum of self-worth, key questions of worthiness, the irony of worthiness, origins of self-worth, six steps to healing the past, opportunities for service, taking charge of your life, compassion, forgiveness and four steps for releasing self-judgments.

Chapter 12 – Good Excuses – Tells of the limits of reason, playing roles in the theater of life, four steps to giving yourself a promotion, steps to finding your heart’s desire and excuses large and small.

Part V - The Expanded Life – Chapter 13 – Opening the Heart – You’ll learn about love, language and lies we tell ourselves, it’s only money, anonymous donations, opening the heart and transcending emotional contraction, ways to open your heart, three steps for feeling your heart, steps on how to speak from the heart, how to send an inner blessing, opening the windows of the soul, spiritual hearing, four steps to listen from the heart and emotional needs.

Chapter 14 – The Power of Happiness – Happiness is defined, seeking happiness, where happiness isn’t, the ultimate discipline, unreasonable happiness, three directions of happiness, a shift in perspective and six ways of expanding beyond yourself.

Chapter 15 – The Time is Now – A great recap of the book.

The Appendix – Getting Started is a plan that includes 20 minutes of physical exercise, 20 minutes of spiritual exercise and a purifying one-week diet.

A lot of information packed into one book!
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on June 14, 2008
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.

I certainly also appreciate teachings of spritual masters like the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh, both of whom have dealt with their share of real life issues also (the pains suffered by the Tibetan people, and Thich Nhat Hanh's experiences with his homeland of Vietnam). Still, they are monks who do not live a life similar to mine, so there are areas where I tend to have a "disconnect" with them. Dan Millman's teachings speak from a perspective that resonates more with my personal experiences.

I also felt it important to mention for folks who have read "Way of the Peaceful Warrior" and "Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior" (another great book), that Dan's guidebooks are very different than them. Those are written more as parables where these other books ("No Ordinary Moments"/"Everyday Enlightenment") are written as guidebooks.

This may turn some people off who like the more "mystical" feel of the other books. Those books are a blend of fact w/ fiction and are more "riveting" to read, where the other books are more instructional and applicable to one's daily life.

For me personally, while I enjoy the "Parable/mystical" books, I find the guidebooks have more of an impact on my actual life.

I highly recommend all the books of Dan Millman's that I've mentioned, he has a gift for making these teachings accessible for anyone who is looking for a way to be inspired and connect spiritually.
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on February 9, 2014
A great story of one mans spiritual journey known as his first foot step on his path to enlightenment. It begins as soon as Dan meets
Socrates and steps into his Aura. Which is that godliness feeling/knowing of serein sanctuary. It's a combination of Pease, Love,
compassion, a conscious contact with oneness. Which leaves him inspired to want more, and to be inspired means to be in spirit.
And when your inspirit, your in the now. Which is the only time and place that every thing happens and doesn't. Like the TAO. It's know as the present-moment, the now. It's called the present because it is a gift. Which like many Buddhist and Taoist, Dan received
the beginning of a gift that gives for ever. The lessons he learns through-out this book, are lessons learned by Socrates from many
beautiful spiritual beings and are to be passed on to all of Gods creatures. Dan is a gymnastic in this story and is one of the best at his performances, or though the most important trick acrobatically he does. His feet never leaves the floor. It's a 360 his life does when he realizes, that he had it all along and that it comes from with-in. We all have it. This is where his and your spiritual awareness begins to grow, from with-in. The Spiritual Awakening < Satori > Thank You!!! "Namaste"
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on February 19, 2010
I started reading Dan Millman in my late 20's. That was when "Way of the Peaceful Warrior" was THE book to have on your shelves, and at that time the only one.
Since then Dan Millman has written several sequels to his Peaceful Warrior series and written several more nooks on practical spiritual for everyday folks.
This book was actually recommended to me by a friend, so I ordered it. It was compelling from beginning to end.

I too now recommend this book to anyone who has ever asked the question"Where do I start"? OR used several of the excuses we all use against our own (or worse yet others) spiritual developement.

Well you start at the beginning, you keep it simple, one thing, one day at a time and its not only practical, its DOABLE. A big thing in a small world. Let this book show you how it can be done.
Let the journey begin, today, with the first step.
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on June 19, 2017
Good Book
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on October 2, 2013
If you think about buying Millman's books, and you have to chose only one, than this is it. It summarizes his teachings and experience in a way each of us can relate and learn. His other books seemed a little abstract for me, in the sense that I understood the teachings but found them to lack concrete ways to apply them in my life. This book is excellent and I recommend it to everybody interested in spiritual evolution, no matter of their religion or beliefs. Making peace with yourself is an amazing process, and this book really helps to understand how your mind and ego work, and how to find inner peace in the turmoil of life. Highly recommended.
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on June 18, 2013
First book I ever read was the 'Way of the Peaceful Warrior' HIs writing is easy & thought provoking. I am always in the market for some new thinking in how other people have maneuvered this complicated thing called life. He is honest & seems to really get the every day struggle of just trying to do the best thing to make this a great journey., or at least, an interesting one with twists! The human puzzle such as ourselves.
I often open the book randomly & there the message applies to whatever happens to be going on! Wonderful to connect to another human being. REally hits home that we are all so similar in so many ways. A blessing!
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on March 12, 2015
This is a great book. Very insightful and inspiring. Has a grounding and calming effect on me when i read it. Two thumbs up.
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on October 14, 2013
This book clarifies the need for sharpening one's senses and awareness of each precious moment in life. It opens your eyes and demonstrates a real appreciation for the one body we are given and the importance of making proper choices in taking care of it. Dan Millman explains change is something we should embrace, not fear. It definitely offers an opportunity to broaden your horizons, rethink your priorities and find peace and happiness. I purchased this book used and in excellent condition as promised.
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on January 4, 2013
Have recently been reading come books on zen and am getting quite into it. I rewatched the movie Peaceful Warrior one evening and did a search for Dans books. Rather than reading PW (which i will do oat some point) I thought id try this. It is a good book , basically most of it is based on zen principles but he never calls it "zen" (which is quite zen in itself really). Has made me have some good thinking session also . Is written in a nice easy to read style , especially for a subject that can often be quite off putting to people.
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