Week 19 — Peaceful Warrior

Week 19 — Peaceful Warrior

We watched an old movie while on vacation this past week called Peaceful Warrior.  A little like Karate Kid…and a lot like MKMMA practices!  For those of you who have not seen it, it is a good example of what happens when you slow down enough to concentrate on the present and not on the past or the future.


I thought about that movie when I was skiing at Wintergreen this past week — one of the goals on my DMP, or definite major purpose document.  As I had envisioned it, the day was perfect for skiing — fresh powder — natural on top of man-made — the sun was out.  There were few people on the slopes.  I hadn’t skied in over 20 years, but it came right back to me, just like riding a bike!  Yes, I did fall, but even that was fun.  As I skied down a long beginner run, I worked on my form and though about the message from the movie.  I noticed that as I focused on the moment, I was also more aware of the sensations I was feeling — the cold air, the sun, the sound of the skis on the snow.  I laughed out loud as I whizzed towards the chair lift — delighted to be alive!  The less I was afraid of falling and the more confident I became, the more fun I had.  When I was not scared, my muscles worked better and weren’t tensed up, so skiing was easier. I thought to myself that I was in charge of this mountain and was able to control my skis and this helped me stay up as well.  Before MKMMA I did not have this awareness of how I can choose my thoughts.

At peace!

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  1. Nancy O February 15, 2016 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Sounds like you had a great time, and I’m so glad you’re awareness of living the moment you were in added to the joy and peace of the day! Great picture!

  2. Marilyn Holloway February 15, 2016 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Your post makes me feel happy! What a nice image of you whizzing along on your skis, feeling so confident — and knowing that came from having control over your thoughts. Thank you.

  3. smithgwaynemkmma February 15, 2016 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    I certainly can identify with the placing skiing on your list and like you it has been more than 20 years since I last went, but each winter I think about how peaceful and fun it would be to go to the mountains for the weekend. With MKMMA the probability as well as the possibility of getting to ski again has shown up on my radar of smart goals.
    Happy for you to make the trip.

  4. robertmasterkey February 19, 2016 at 3:23 am - Reply

    Sounds like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing your progress on the awareness of your thoughts. Mahalo.

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