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Treat Every Moment as Extraordinary
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!