I am a self confessed Star Wars fanatic. I have dressed up as Princess Leia for Hallowe’en and dreamt of leading the Rebel Alliance… and today is May the 4th.
There is a reason why the Star Wars movies have had such an impact. They relate back to our fundamental struggle between good and evil within us. The choices we make. We can all relate to the Force and we can all relate to the Dark Side.
Behind it all – all the heroes, is the leader of the Jedi, the coach, the teacher, the mentor, the master – Yoda.
Here are my favourite quotes from Yoda and why…
"Do. Or do not. There is no try" The Empire Strikes Back
Try in your mind gives you an excuse for not giving it everything you have. It is difficult to “try” to do anything. Try is a fence sitter. Do it or don't, life is not a dress rehearsal to “try on”. Live! This is my favourite go to quote.
“Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.” Attack of the Clones
The mind of a child is not encumbered by vast knowledge and so can see things simply and as they are. Encourage your “child mind” and don’t make things more complicated than they need be, as the simple solution may be the correct one.
"Size matters not, … Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you?” The Empire Strikes Back
I remember smiling when Yoda says this. To me, it means that anyone can do anything they set their mind and heart to. As size matters not when it comes to the Force and to life. Don’t be fooled by “the little guy”.
"Fear is the path to the dark side…fear leads to anger…anger leads to hate…hate leads to suffering.” The Phantom Menace
This is another favourite saying in our house. When you think about it this is so insightful as many people think that if I fear something I will protect myself from it and I will be ok, but in the end, doesn’t it lead to suffering in some way?
Name your fear and learn the lesson it has come to teach you. This I learned from Pema Chodrun’s teachings.
May the Force be with you
This is a blessing that reminds us to connect with our inner strength as the Force flows through the Jedi, it is not just something external but rather it is something we can call upon from within and “feel the Force”.
I couldn't resist on May the 4th to reflect on the these quotes and how they have influenced my life.