February 2, 2023

Learn how to move stones and X-wings.


Welcome to the first installment of my Meditations on the Living Force series. During this series, I will show you how to apply the principles taught throughout the Star Wars saga to help bring more peace, happiness and prosperity to your life. In this article, I will show two real life situations — one mental, one physical — that can be tackled using Yoda’s teachings to Luke on Dagobah.

Mental: You have just been given a new project to complete at work. It is out of your normal area of expertise, you have limited resources, and you have a two-week deadline. The stress is overwhelming and you have no idea where to start.

Physical: You’re not a very good runner. You get shin splints just being on the treadmill. You nearly died (or so you thought) when you ran your last 5K. There is a half marathon coming up in 6 months and your significant other really wants to run it with you. It would mean the world to them.

Luke faced similar difficulties while training to be a Jedi with Yoda on Dagobah. Up until this point, he had only been able to move a small stone using the Force. (I guess the Force had not yet awakened?) But now he faced a much larger problem — both physical and in his mind — because his X-wing was stuck in the swamp. Yoda told him to use the Force just as he had already done to lift his X-wing, to which Luke replied, “Master Yoda, moving stones is one thing but this is totally different.”

And here is the key takeaway from this scene. Master Yoda quickly responds, “No! No different. Only different in your mind. You must have unlearned what you have learned.”

We have been conditioned by society to believe there is a pre-programmed level to which we can succeed. Our own minds even tell us it is impossible to reach certain milestones. This is untrue. You must unlearn what you have learned.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” For that project at work or for that half marathon, do not attempt to accomplish the task all at once. One does hike up a mountain in one fluid motion, but rather a series of many small steps. Do not focus on the end goal which may seem far away, just focus on taking that next step. Before you know it, you’ll be crossing the finish line!

Please let me know if this article was helpful by leaving me a comment and as always, may the Force be with you!


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