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In good-humored fashion, today has become known as "Star Wars" day, with people telling one another "May the Fourth be with you."
Staying with that theme, have you ever considered that the Force is a symbolic representation of mindfulness?
Yoda is practically a meditation master, urging present moment awareness in lines like this:
"This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away...to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh! Excitement. Heh! A Jedi craves not these things."
Aside from living in the now, Yoda mentions craving. When you meditate, you learn to watch what arises in consciousness - thoughts, emotions, urges, cravings. You learn to see them for what they are: temporary phenomena that comes and goes. You don't have to attach to them, indulge them, or follow them down a path of conditioned behavior.
In Episode 1, Qui-Gon Jinn tells Obi-Wan Kenobi:
"Don't center on your anxiety...keep your concentration here and now where it belongs."
Training the mind - and the consequences of letting your thoughts, emotions, and urges rule you - underlies everything in the Star Wars universe - from the first time we meet Luke, to Anakin Skywalker becoming Darth Vader (yes, I start with Episode 4 and end with Episode 3!).
One of Yoda's most famous lines (see the video at the top of this post), maps out the process from thought to suffering that we discuss in multiple articles, including this one.
Take it from the Jedi Masters, and learn to observe your compulsive mind and its non-stop activity. As we posted yesterday:
"You are not your thoughts, and you don't have to go everywhere they tell you to."
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