Monday, October 19, 2009


Just got back from an awesome 5-day "Enlightened Warrior Training Camp" 13-18 October in Kuala Rompin. Still exhausted from having only 4-5 hours of sleep each night, and from the gruelling tasks we participants had to perform. These tasks were designed to test our mental and physical strength and endurance. We were literally pushed to the brink. There was one activity where I had to learn not to fear death, even when the life force was being choked out of me.

Members of my tribe with Pa our facilitator from the US in the background.

Just to give you an idea - there was an ambulance on stand-by all the time, and pails close by in case anyone felt like throwing up. They don't call this a "warrior training camp" for nothing. But I SURVIVED, albeit with bruises all over, and blisters to boot!

Here's what I've learned that is worth sharing:
  • How we do something reflects on how we do everything.
  • Never give up on our dreams or goals.
  • "Try" is wishy-washy. Either we do it or we don't.
  • We don't have to please everybody.
  • Practise integrity all the time.
  • Don't take anything personally.
  • Don't harbour ill feelings - they make us ill.
  • Do everything at 100%, or don't do it at all.
  • Be 100% accountable for our actions.
  • Our choices create our reality, so choose wisely.
  • If others can do it, so can I.
  • Don't be afraid or ashamed to ask for support. Even warriors need help sometimes.
  • Never be afraid of challenges as they can be opportunities for growth.
  • Take one step at a time.
  • All of us possess inner strength and power - learn to draw upon it.

There will be folks who will say "I know all that!" But that's the problem - knowing something does not mean anything, unless we do something with that knowledge. Taking action is what counts. Smokers know the perils of smoking, but as long as they don't take action and be fully committed to that action, they will not succeed in giving up their ciggies. IF WE DON"T DO IT, WE DON'T KNOW IT.

Take me, for example, I know full well the benefits of exercise. I have been a regular at the gym for years. I have also done yoga and qigong. But after my liver operation last year, I got a little slack about my fitness regime. The result - I had to struggle with some of the more physically demanding activities. So I have recommitted to kick-starting my daily qigong exercises again beginning today - Monday 19 October 2009.

Action always speaks louder than words. That also explains why so many people attend wealth creation seminars, take notes, buy the books or audio tapes but only a handful succeed in amassing wealth. They are the ones who are fully committed. They are the ones who put into practise what they have learned. The rest merely listen and know.

Many of us worry too much sometimes. We let doubts and fears cloud our minds, and stop us from moving forward. "What if this happens....?" Doesn't it make more sense to take action than to worry about it? Be a warrior not a worrier.

I am now an enlightened warrior. A warrior doesn't just make it to the finish line - he goes through it! I am ready to make a difference. My word is my honour. I am prepared to face anything. I have no fear.


A section of the tribal nation in their warrior T-shirts.


My Beautiful Myanmar said...

Awesome, I'm proud to have a Warrior Mum, then again I always knew she was one :)

foodbin said...

I really admired you for that.