This Peaceful Warrior trailer explores the dismantling and disillusionment that can occur when starting on the spiritual awakening journey. When there is spiritual pride and arrogance in the mind, everything is a lesson in humbleness and surrender until living in the present moment replaces the old goals of striving, achieving, and building a self-concept.
In the movie, Dan Millman, a college athelete, thinks he is on top of the world. His life involves lots of sex and entertainment to distract away from the emptiness he feels inside. That’s when Dan meets Socrates who agrees to help Dan train his mind and begin the spiritual awakening process so that he can find a deeper happiness inside him. As soon as Dan says yes to this relationship, a radical dismantling starts to occur where all the things he valued previously, such as food, sex, and even his gymnastics training seem to be taken away. As the pride is washed away and Dan surrenders, he finds a new purpose for his training which allows him to approach the present moment. Eventually, Dan sees that he needs to let go of the ego entirely in order to be happy. With this fundamental shift in perception, Dan is able to use his skill in gymnastics to train his mind to come into the present moment completely.