A Spiritual Warrior is someone who embraces courage, compassion, discipline and training to master one’s own alterego.

Being a “Spiritual Warrior” means a life commitment. It means the embrace of discipline, study and long intense training sometimes at the sacrifice of comfort and convenience.

According to the Random House Dictionary, the term “warrior” has two meanings.

Regardless of our current moral perception of the term warrior; all warriors have a few basic things in common:

All of these traits apply to the Spiritual warrior as well … and for the very same reasons.

There is a difference between a warrior and a soldier. A soldier is trained to follow orders, to respect authority, and to subjugate their individual thinking process and will to the command hierarchy.

It should be noted that victory and defeat are a matter of Spirit more than of body. One is never defeated as long as his/ her Spirit is not defeated or broken. When a warrior falls in battle without surrendering or giving up, his Spirit grows stronger. When a warrior survives the battle without surrendering or giving up, his Spirit grows stronger. Of course, most warriors prefer surviving.

The term “Spiritual Warrior” has been used in a variety of contexts and has been adopted by a variety of individuals who may not share a common understanding of the term. In general, a “Spiritual Warrior” is someone who embraces the more noble personal attributes and strengths associated with warriors in general. In general, a “Spiritual Warrior” is someone who masters him or herself, and overcomes personal desire, moral issues, and all weaknesses of character. In general, a “Spiritual Warrior” is someone who embraces a journey of self discovery in order to benefit others as well as enlighten him or herself.

Some martial arts traditions maintain a system of ethics and honor and pursue a path of self mastery. Others emphasize combat, competition and fighting. Being a fighter does not make one a Spiritual Warrior.

Some military organizations have a creed of honor and service as their core guiding principles. In the fog of actual warfare these may become lost, ignored or forgotten. Being a soldier does not make one a Spiritual Warrior.

Being a Spiritual Warrior has nothing to do with physical battle, making war, fighting or being mean and tough.

The battle of the Spiritual Warrior is the mastery of one’s self.

Being a Spiritual Warrior also means understanding your principles and not compromising them. Which is much easier said than done.

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