Seraph, The Art Of War, And The Peaceful Warrior

My favorite character in “The Matrix” movies is Seraph, a tea-sipping martial arts expert who fights flawlessly and radiates tranquility. He appeals to me because I am, by nature, an uncoordinated and high-strung worrywart. Indeed, for most of my life, learning how to control my mind and emotions has been just as much of a goal as learning how to control my body. I can’t claim to have achieved inner peace, but over years of studying everything from neuroscience to Zen, I have learned a lot about what it takes to achieve and maintain mental equilibrium. Of course, just like…