Monday, March 20, 2017

Jedi Mindfulness





Based On:

The Dharma of Star Wars

by 

Matthew Bortolin

It always helps me to have a visual reference when learn something, and I believe that one of the best practices we can learn as humans is mindfulness. This book uses Star Wars analogies to explain the art of being fully present and mindful in a way that is enjoyable and understandable to the reader.

Mindfulness

"Never his mind on where he was, what he was doing." 
-Yoda

One of things that makes a Jedi unique is his or her ability to be mindful of the present moment. Our minds try to find happiness in the future, but we often fail to appreciate the present moment. Fear comes from focusing on the future. 

A good way to see if you lack mindfulness is if you tend to do one thing while thinking about another. This shows that your mind is easily distracted. That's completely natural. Simply return to the present and focus on your breathing. That’s meditation.

Dark Side Within

Just like Anakin Skywalker, we often become overwhelmed by our desires. A Sith is consumed with desire and uses suffering and misery to fuel their power. The Sith cannot accept reality, they must control it.

Anakin constantly plays the should game. He thinks he should have saved his mother, he should have saved Padme, he should gain power to control his destiny. Just like him, we are unsatisfied with the here and now. We keep chasing some future happiness, but if you chase the horizon you will walk for eternity and never find it.

Vader’s Karma

Vader’s decision to turn to the dark side resulted in a hell of its own (Bad Karma). His decision to have a son saved the galaxy (Good Karma). Our actions have reactions. Decisions have consequences. Just like passing a flame to multiple candles, there are different flames from a single origin.

Karma is simply cause and effect. This current event occurred because of a sequence of events. What we think or do in the present depends on how we perceive right and wrong.

“How will I know the good side from the bad?” “You will know when you are calm, at peace.”

-Luke and Yoda


Conclusion

Free your mind by dropping worry and frustration. Your ego feeds off these negative emotions become they give you a greater sense of self. That’s why we cling to thoughts of things that upset us. It’s against our human nature to be present. That’s why not everyone can be a Jedi. It takes time and practice to become the master of your emotions, but with patience, you will go from learner to the master.


“Don’t center on your anxieties, Obi-Wan, keep your concertation here and now where it belongs.”
-Qui-Gon Jinn,


-R. Schulz

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