Dan Millman is a former world champion athlete, university coach, martial arts instructor, and college professor, and is now a writer and speaker. After an intensive, twenty-year spiritual quest, Dan’s teaching found its form as the Peaceful Warrior’s Way, expressed fully in his books and lectures. Dan is the bestselling author of 17 books, including “Way of the Peaceful Warrior” and “The Life You Were Born to Live.”
In this interview, Dan starts by discussing his background and why he developed the peaceful warrior’s approach to living. He explains what it means to live as a peaceful warrior, discusses how this approach is based on universal or spiritual law, and offers advice on how to embody this approach. Dan emphasizes the importance of taking constructive action over trying to change our thoughts and feelings. He also explains how to work through our thoughts and feelings by developing presence and pure awareness.
Next, Dan shares some recommendations for becoming more present. He also talks about the shadow side of being centered, where people often go through a phase of enhanced self-consciousness. We ask him why he thinks people who are more mindful and conscious tend to be happier. Dan then goes more in depth about his practice of becoming more conscious, and how it’s changed over time. He expands on the idea of looking at daily life as our classroom or spiritual practice. He also gives examples of voluntary adversity, and talks about the hidden gifts of going through adversity.
Finally, Dan offers his insights and advice for finding more purpose in our lives. He walks us through the five universal stages of the creative process as described in his book “The Creative Compass.” He then talks about how to bring happiness to others and practice having compassion for ourselves. Dan explains the Goldilocks principle of relationships, and shares some insights and lessons that he’s learned from his 43-year marriage. He also reveals the three questions that he contemplates on a regular basis to nurture and strengthen his relationship.
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