It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Yes, its holiday season, schools out, families and friends are gathering, I just wrapped the last job of the year, but that’s not what I’m referring to.
Why then you ask? Because everyone is going bonkers over Star Wars coming out (and just having shattered every box office record)! Admittedly I haven’t seen it, may never see it, and don’t mind not being a nerd or a super fan. I do however, acknowledge that Jedi’s are the coolest and some good ol Jedi mind training is a great way to bring the power of the Force into your life.
Here’s some of what I’ve learned from the wisdom in Star Wars:
• Center Yourself: Want to align with the Force so you can focus and be the agile Jedi you know you can be? Get your mind right by slowing down through meditation, mindfulness, and staying in the moment and your super powers will surely increase.
YODA: A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All of his life he looked away to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was, what he was doing. Adventure - heh! Excitement - heh! A Jedi craves not these things.
• Trust: Obi-Wan repeatedly exhorts Luke Skywalker to "trust the Force," In order for a Jedi to exercise their powers they must be able to feel the Force and trust it. To be like Luke and learn to successfully deflect the energy blasts in our lives we need to develop trust in ourselves, get out of our own way, and watch the magic happen.
• Believe in Yourself: When Luke begins his training with Yoda, he already knows he can use the Force. However, he does not know to what extent because he does not yet know the power of the Force, nor does he fully believe in himself. Yoda points this out by distinguishing between the words "try" and "do":
LUKE: All right, I'll give it a try.
YODA: No! Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.
Yoda proves that, it can be done... because he believes in his ability to do it.
LUKE: I don't...I don't believe it.
YODA: That is why you fail.
When we say we'll "try", we express a lack of faith in our own abilities, but when we say we'll "do", we affirm our actions with clarity and confidence.
• Stay Observant: Jedi’s can see things others can’t. It’s an underrated super power that allows us to keep a clear mind and be ready for anything. Put down your phone and take the Jedi challenge. Take a few minutes in a public place to simply observe what is going on around you and you will be honing a skill that will train you to see yourself and the world in new ways.
We are all connected, and the Force is strong within us. With practice and some Jedi mastery we can harness its power and manifest our hopes, wishes and dreams.
And if you want to study the Jedi way even more check out: http://jediliving.com/.
May your holidays be bright and the Force be with you!
See you on set.