May the Fourth Be With You

A Jedi holding a red light saber in a cave

May 4th is a pretty awesome day. Not only is it Star Wars day! But, it’s my birthday!

So I couldn’t pass up this chance to share this with you. See one of the coolest fun facts that was revealed in my Medical Qigong Training to date was the connection between Qi and the “Force.” It is uncanny how many similarities the infamous “Force” in Star Wars parallels in the description of Qi in Chinese Philosophy. There are even rumors that Daoism may have influenced George Lucas when creating this epic storyline. 

Regardless, this entire concept brought new meaning to the inspiration quotes by my favorite Star Wars character of all time, Yoda. I even saw him referenced recently on a website as the OG Wellness Guru. Today, in honor of Star Wars Day, I’d like to share with you four Yoda quotes that resonate with me and my HRart journey.

“Named must your fear be before banish it you can.”

I never knew how much of my life I spent living in fear. I was afraid of everything. I was afraid of failure, of success. I was afraid of losing people and meeting new people. I was afraid of missing opportunities as well as taking new opportunities. When I got real with myself, many of my decisions were being made with a large amount of consideration given to my fear. So much so, that I initially spent time following the fear. Making myself embrace it, in a way that disempowers it from controlling and limiting my life. However, before we can ever move beyond fear we have to recognize it for it is. We need to acknowledge what we are exactly afraid of. Even if that fear is my husband may leave me, I could get fired or maybe I just won’t be able to do it. 

“Do not assume anything Obi-Wan. Clear your mind must be if you are to discover the real villains behind this plot.“

I have come to believe that assumptions are pretty toxic. We have come to rely on assumptions too easily in our daily lives. These assumptions fuel our ability to blame others and allow us to release nearly all personal accountability. As basic as it sounds, I spend much of my time removing assumptions, by peeling back the layer upon layer of them. Once we get beyond the, “they should have known,” “of course they knew,” or “how could they not know” we begin to see circumstances as they truly exist and are able to react in a manner that is productive and intentional. 

“Do or do not. There is no try.”

In the last year, I found myself saying try an awful lot. I’m going to try and do this or try to make that. Try generates no results. It is when I decide to do or not do something that I begin to move in a direction and ultimately I will have to decide at some point whether I am going to do it or not. Now when I find myself saying try, I push to place those tasks in either do or not do. If I cannot place them in one of those categories they I transition it to someday. Those items we truly want to try but do not plan to do so at this moment are someday items. They should be placed on a wish list and regarded as such. Time is too precious to waste it on indecision or doing several things haphazardly. Deciding to do something makes it intentional and is more likely to part of a greater plan than simply just something else to do. 

“Feel the force!”

Feeling energy is one of the most peaceful vibrations of life. When I “meditate” I am feeling the “Force,” Qi, energy, or whatever you want to call it. My HRart journey has awakened within me a part that knows it is an essential piece of something bigger. When energy resonates within me, it’s like every part of my body is called and connected. As I continue my daily practice, the sensations grow stronger and fill me with anticipation of what’s to come.

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