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Five (Jedi) Reminders for Dealing with Anxiety

http://cocky-as-a-rooster.deviantart.com/art/Qui-Gon-2843876441.) “Breathe. Just breathe.” – Luke Skywalker
You have the time to do this. No matter what. Remember that. Stop. Breathe. Focus on the breath. The air around you. You are here. You are alive. You are good. You got this. Just Breathe.

2.) “I know it’s hard, but you have to be patient.” – Ahsoka Tano
When anxiety hits, it is not easy. But you have this. You are good. You have survived to this moment and you will survive beyond it. Remember to practice your patience Jedi. You will get through this moment, but you have to take it one step at a time. You have to be patient with the situation. More importantly you have to be patient with yourself. Remember that this too shall pass. And you will get there. Just have to be patient.

3.) “None of the stories people tell about me can change who I really am.” – Luke Skywalker
No matter what happens. No matter what you are feeling. You are still you. There is nothing wrong with you. You are experiencing the plethora of human emotions – maybe all at once. It is fine. You are good. And no matter what anyone says or thinks – you are still you. You are good. This isn’t the end of your story.

4.) “The future is to be lived, not prearranged.” – Luke Skywalker
Worrying about what could be is a waste. “Always in motion the future is.” As Yoda reminds us. You are here, now. Work with what you got. Embrace the challenges. Do you best within the moment and the future will take care of itself. “Keep your concentration here and now, where it belongs.” – As Qui-Gon would advise. One step at a time. One moment at a time. Be patient.

5.) “Remember, let your instincts guide you. Keep to the Jedi Code. And may the Force be with you.” – Yuon Par
In the end you have to trust in yourself. There is no hiding. No cloak of invisibility. Trust in yourself, trust in your training, trust in the Force. Move forward secure in that. It is a combination, never just one thing. Your feelings, your philosophy, your code, all coming together to help you through this moment. And that will always be there for you. So deep breath – and go get ’em Jedi!

5 Life Lessons from Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker

Life is this crazy, wondrous, beautiful, and ever-changing thing. It is not always easy to navigate its fast and flowing currents and we can find ourselves a bit lost on how to proceed. Often in these times we look to areas which inspire us. People who have attained the goals they pursued. Or characters which we have come to identify with. For many Jedi that has been a lowly whiny farm boy turned confident hero, Luke Skywalker. Here we explore some quotes of the character for a little advice in life.

“It was never too late to correct a mistake.” – Luke Skywalker
It is going to happen – at some point you are going to make a mistakes. Gasp! Shock! Surprise! You will find a choice you made was not the best one and it had an affect on your life. But not everything is written in stone. Often sometimes we can adjust and make the most of a mistake. We can correct our course. We can apply the freshly learned lesson and make-up for a poor decision. Pencils have erasers because mistakes happens and sometimes we can correct them. That correction may take time, it may take years, but don’t just surrender yourself to a bad outcome. You are alive. You are wiser. You are capable of correcting past mistakes.

“Wishing that things were otherwise does nothing to erase memories. Wounds do not heal by ignoring them.” – Luke Skywalker
There are plenty of things in life that can leave a mark. Times we want like to change. But none of us have a time machine. Dreaming and wishing you could change things doesn’t affect anything. You cannot live life looking backwards. It is like driving a forward while staring in the rear-view mirror. Torturing yourself over the past only serves to blind you to what is in front of you. Learn from the past. Eventually accept and come to terms with the past. You cannot change it, but you can use it to help build a brighter future.

“Having more experience doesn’t mean making difficult decisions are easier, but it does let you know that sometimes the tough decisions must be made.” – Luke Skywalker
I have been doing this Jedi thing for, well, longer than most – lets just say that. And there are times in life when it is still difficult to Jedi-up and do the Jedi thing. When you first begin the training you’ll find plenty of obstacles and hurdles, but eventually a lot of those become easy and second-nature practices. Yet no matter how long you live, how long you are a Jedi, there will always be a time when you are faced with a tough decision and it is still a tough decision to make. But experience does remind you of one important thing – not making a decision is still making a decision. When presented with choices, you must move forward as best you can. Use your experience and training and make a decision you feel best.

“It was good for a Jedi to question… Discipline was necessary, but unquestioning obedience was a limiting thing, not a growing one.” – Luke Skywalker
When one first starts out on a path they are taking a lot of things on faith. They are assuming the practices and lessons are made out of experience and will lead to positive and beneficial changes. So not every little thing is questioned and faith is put into the instructors. Such is nice, but one should never follow blindly. If you don’t understand something, ask. If you do agree with soemthing, talk it out. If you something just doesn’t seem right, then discuss it. You can respectfully question material, methods, and practices. You can question traditions and why things are. This is a great tool in learning. Any real instructor will appreciate the questions because not everything is always covered in the lesson plan. Exploration is necessary. So dig into it and should you ever have a question – ask.

“Your overconfidence is your weakness.” – Luke Skywalker
It is absolutely important to believe in yourself. It is important to your know yourself. Your weaknesses, your strengths, and your limits are all core self-knowledge items. Some people will mistakes confidence and self-knowledge as arrogance and over-confidence. Know yourself and hold to it. Humility is knowing your strengths and using to them, not bragging about them. Still you will need to be careful of over-confidence. It blinds a person not only to their own flaws and weaknesses. It starts to rely heavily on assumption and begins to ignore information counter to your own belief. A small danger can become a huge one if you start to believe yourself infallible and untouchable. Over-confidence is a weakness that will cause you to get blindsided a harsh reality. Assume you can do anything and you’ll quickly find out how incorrect that is. Know yourself and know your obstacles and you will always overcome them (one way or another). So be objective, honest, and fair with yourself and you will grow into a very capable person.

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.” – Calvin Coolidge (Quote in image; since it is hard to read)
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