Written by Kevin Trout, originally posted on 365 Jedi
1. Recite the Jedi Mantra to yourself throughout the day.
The Jedi mantra, better known as the Jedi Code, suits itself wonderfully for general focus and centering the mind. It can help remind a Jedi what they value; peace, knowledge, serenity, harmony, the Force. It is short, easy to remember, and has that old sagely feel to it. So periodically throughout your day just take a moment to recite the Jedi Code to yourself.
There is no emotion; there is peace.
There is no ignorance; there is knowledge.
There is no passion; there is serenity.
There is no chaos; there is harmony.
There is no death; there is the Force.
2. Remind Yourself of What You Can Do.
Too often we tell ourselves what we cannot do. It cultivates a negative outlook always focusing on the can’ts and impossibles. Instead remind yourself of what you can do and focus on that. It isn’t about what you can’t. You know you can’t, so don’t sweat it, don’t dwell. Direct your attention and energy into what you are able to do. Focus on the moment and what you are capable of doing within it.
3. Treat Yourself to Goodness.
It is important to allow some goodness into your life on a daily basis. How? That varieties per person per day. But there is truly wonderful and beautiful things all around us. Take a moment to appreciate the sky and clouds. Or perhaps the landscaping of the office park. Maybe you notice birds dancing and singing in the trees. An orange and pink sunset shimmering off the waves of the ocean. The random beauty of the slight cracks in your clay tea cup. Or maybe just the wonderful flavor of a nice hot cup of green tea (or the delicious chill of some ice cream). Whatever it may be. At least once a day – appreciate something good in your world.
Meditation Daily. Some of the above suggestions might even qualify, but make an effort to get in some quality meditation time once a day. Maybe ten minutes in the shower (unless you live in California – no wasting water :P ). Maybe 15 minutes of quiet before you begin your bedtime routine. Doesn’t have to be meeting your spirit animal type meditation. Something as easy as counting breaths can work. The Calming Breath is popular one among Jedi. Heck, YouTube guided meditation and partake in a new one once a day. But definitely keep up this practice – make it a daily habit.
5. Disconnect to Reconnect.
You have heard it before. You have thought about it more than once. The idea seems nice. But is it feasible? It is certainly is not without its drawbacks in today’s society, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. And sometimes you just need to do something for your own peace of mind and inner serenity. I am talking about unplugging of course. Getting away from the cellphone and technology for a bit and reconnecting with nature. This can be done on your lunch breaks (local park, cell off). This can be a weekend getaway to some national park or just your own backyard. This can be a much needed vacation which takes you off the grid for a bit. Just take some time, as often as you like, to just disconnect so you can reconnect.