Sunday, January 9, 2011

A warrior's path

The warrior class is a unique and rare group.  True warriors do not concern themselves with being warriors.  They just are.  Truth, honor, loyalty and integrity are the cornerstone virtues of a true warrior.  The defining characteristic of a warrior is the willingness to close with the enemy even when that may be walking away to live another day.

Some people are born warriors; others are born to be warriors.  Both groups must strive to embody these virtues through right action, courage, tenacity and iron will in the face of temptation, especially in a society such as the one we live in today.  True warriors are protectors, to those in need, to those in distress, to those who have been overpowered.  A warrior protects the community, the family and themselves against those forces who would seek to do harm.  The application of mushin no shin, no mind yet mindfulness, guides the journey every minute of every hour of every day.  

It is said that when the student is ready the teacher appears.  Always consider yourself a student and embrace change – be willing to give up who you are today for whom you could become tomorrow.  Believe in yourself.  Believe in change.  Believe in your teachers, your mentors and fellow travellers.  Choose the path carefully. Remember, if you are facing in the right direction, all you have to do is keep on walking.

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