Preface to Poise: A Warrior’s Guide : WARRIORS AND POISE
Our focus is about getting the most out of every moment of our lives. Most of us know what it’s like to get the most out of a moment, and we’d like to figure out how to do it all of the time. Poise: A Warrior’s Guide, reveals what traps us in an ordinary life and charts the path toward sustaining a fully alive state. This fully alive state is the state of poise.
We may believe that the best we can do is to enjoy life some of the time and suffer through life the rest of the time. The premise of this book is that we can increase dramatically the time we spend in joy. There is no limit to how far we can go. We can become poised all day, every day for the rest of our lives, embracing life no matter what it brings.
A significant number of the human population is pursuing good explanations about life’s possibilities. These men and women are only a minority of the earth’s current population, but they have enormous influence because they are the most rigorous seekers of awareness on the planet. From all walks of life and from every corner of the globe, they are systematically seeking to become more poised in order to welcome all things life brings to them each day. These seekers are creating new knowledge and new awareness for themselves and others. They work on loving others, and they work to protect our mother earth. In a human species that is still often unspeakably violent and erratic, these poised men and women make it possible for us not only to survive as a species but also to thrive and continue to emerge.
This book refers to these poised men and women as “warriors” or sometimes “warrior travelers,” terms picked up from Carlos Castaneda’s magisterial work about his apprenticeship to Don Juan, a warrior of stupendous poise. Warriors, or warrior travelers, are people who pursue breakthroughs in personal awareness. They are impeccable men and women who give their best at all times. In a deeper sense of impeccability, they are exquisitely aware that we are all going to die, and thus they bring a vibrant appreciation and value to every moment. Even though they are not at all morbid but, in fact, indifferent to death, warriors are keenly aware of the short time we have on earth. Knowing they have no time to waste, they come alive now, joyful, unencumbered, humble and alert.
By traversing a path of love and avoiding the worn ruts of ordinary human behavior, warrior travelers seek power, a mobilization of personal energy that allows them to witness the full wonder of the world. Because they strive to become the epitome of poise, nothing could be more fortunate than being a warrior traveler.