Mudita Journal

Quotes from ‘The Way of the Superior Man’

May 20, 2006 · Filed under: Individualism, Integral, Mindfulness, Personal, Reviews

I’ve been reading (sometimes re-reading) chapters from David Deida’s magnificent book The Way Of The Superior Man on a regular basis lately.

I often do this for a few minutes at night before heading to bed, as an opportunity for reflection.

Below are few quotes that have been especially meaningful to me.

In any given moment, a man’s growth is optimized if he leans just beyond his edge, his capacity, his fear. He should not be too lazy, happily stagnating in the zone of security and comfort. Nor should he push far beyond his edge, stressing himself unnecessarily, unable to metabolize his experience. He should lean just slightly beyond the edge of fear and discomfort. Constantly. In everything he does.

The way a man penetrates the world should be the same way he pentrates his woman: not merely for personal gain or pleasure, but to magnify love, openness, and depth.

If you don’t know your purpose, discover it, now.

The core of your life is your purpose. Everything in your life, from your diet to your career, must be aligned with your purpose if you are to act with coherence and integrity in the world. If you know your purpose, your deepest desire, then the secret of success is to discipline your life so that you support your deepest purpose and minimize distractions and detours.

A man must be prepared to give 100% to his purpose, fulfill his karma or dissolve it, and then let go of that specific form of living. He must be capable of not knowing what to do with his life, entering a period of unknowingness and waiting for a vision or a new form of purpose to emerge. These cycles of strong specific action followed by periods of not knowing what the hell is going on are natural for a man who is shedding layers of karma on his relaxation into truth.

Now is definitely a time of intense focus, for me, rather than unknowingness.

At this time in my life — when I’m striving to realize larger professional goals than I’ve ever undertaken before — these passages are especially meaningful.

They sharpen a feeling inside that is very alive, confident, disciplined.

Perhaps some of you will find them useful, too.