How To Use The Force In Your Daily Life
Having now watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens three times, I’ve noticed something that’s deeply resonated with me after each viewing. That something is the Force and everything it represents. The Force has touched several generations of people thanks to its universal message that you can accomplish anything if you believe in yourself and train hard enough to do it.
I like to compare the Force to mindfulness because it’s a way of life that allows a person to separate their consciousness from their body. It’s a way to learn your true mental strength and not be tied down by physical limitations. The Jedis of Star Wars all have one thing in common: they each seek to improve themselves in order to reach their fullest potential. By implementing the philosophy of the Force into our own lives, we can be as adventurous, strong, and daring as our most beloved intergalactic heroes.
The Oxford dictionary defines mindfulness as “A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations…” Though we may not be able to tap into a mystical Force, we can tap into our minds and become the protagonists of our own lives.
In The Force Awakens, Rey’s powerless when she doesn’t have confidence in herself. However, the second she gains confidence, her potential as a powerful Jedi grows. This is illustrated when Han Solo, Fin, and Rey visit Takodana to meet Maz Kanata. Fear consumes Rey when she’s called by the Force and is led to a lightsaber previously wielded by both Luke and Anakin Skywalker. She deals with her fear by running away, which lands her into the hands of Kylo Ren. The same occurs later on in the film when she’s trapped inside Starkiller Base. There, she attempts to use the Force but her voice is shaky and apprehensive. Yet the moment Rey gains confidence and courage, her effort to use the Force is triumphant, reinforcing the idea that you can do and be anything if you set your mind to it.
In reality, we should look at the Force as a metaphor for being in control of our lives. This means taking the reins of our destiny and becoming the hero or heroine of our own world. Taking risks, learning new skills, and expanding our mind are all steps towards becoming a kick-ass human being (or, in a galaxy far, far away…. a kick-ass Jedi). As we’ve already learned from Yoda, our fate is in our own hands.