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The Sacred Path of the Warrior: Words To Battle The Storm

Walking The Sacred Warrior Way

Lately, I have to admit that I have been wrestling with a few challenges in my life – and in many parts of my life. Last week, I had one of the worst days ever. You know, one of those days when you run around town trying to get many things done, and you get nothing but bad news everywhere? Yes, it was one of those days.

Well, it was enough to make me want to cry out in frustration. But the funny thing was, I didn\’t. I actually felt happy to be alive. As I wandered through the streets of Montreal and my own neighbourhood, I could not help but marvel at the blue blue sky. The soft wind in the air, cooling it just enough. The sound of the wind passing through the leafy branches of the trees. The beautiful babies and kids accompanying their moms. The feeling of my feet and body as I walked with a nice casual stroll.

And I credit all that good feeling to one special little book that has been my port in the storm so many times I\’ve lost track.

Chögyam Trungpa\’s Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior is a little gem that I have treasured so much. It\’s a great read in really bad times, because when I read just a paragraph or two, I instantly feel the most wonderful feeling of peace and serenity. It\’s a great read in the really good times as well, because it makes me appreciate the very many blessings in my life.

Well as you can probably tell, this book for me is a priceless treasure beyond compare.

I\’ve lost track of how many times I\’ve read it – and honestly who cares how many times I\’ve read it. This is my favourite way of reading it. When I have time to kill – while taking the bus and metro, waiting for an appointment in an office somewhere, or even just relaxing at home – I like to flip the book open to any page. And you know what? Each and every time I do that, what I find on the page is just what I need to hear and read. It helps me to refocus on what\’s most important in life.

Reading Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior is like taking a nice, long hot bubble bath surrounded by scented candles and soothing, soft music. It\’s that warm and cosy relaxing feeling compressed in a moment. Like saying hello to an old friend whose face you\’re so happy to see again.

Now Chögyam Trungpa is somewhat of a controversial figure in the Buddhist universe. You can read his wikipedia entry to see his background and know more about that.

But you know what? That does not mean much to me. Because his writing is what nourishes my spirit. He writes with such a simplicity and happy joy. It\’s a real treat.

So, on my bad day of days, what did I read from his book that helped me look at the world differently? It was something very simple actually.

This was my lesson for the day:

Be gentle. Be gentle with yourself. Be gentle with others. Be gentle with the world around you. See the goodness in it. The value. Be in the moment. Feel it.

What I liked was how he talked about that you didn\’t need to be rich and have many material things surrounding you to feel abundance. The way he put it – one can be elegant and right in blue jeans and a t-shirt. I really liked that. It\’s all how you carry yourself. How you walk. How you look at the world and treat the environment around you.

And that\’s why, on one of my worst days ever, somehow I walked with a bounce in my step and a smile on my face for the universe around me.

That\’s what\’s called true warrior magic. 🙂

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Video Montage: The Flow
Following the flow of the universe, with a photo montage I created. The song is "Twisted Hair" by Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble, featuring the sublime operatic voice of Sioux singer Bonnie Jo Hunt, who sings over the sound of crickets.
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