Guided Jedi Meditation Techniques Benefits and Examples

Guided Jedi meditation is a recurring theme in Star Wars. In Star Wars Rebels we see Kanan Jarrus in a traditional meditative form in front of the rebel ship Phantom. Throughout the novel Heir to the Jedi, which takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, Luke struggles with meditation as a way to calm his mind and get in touch with the force outside of battle situations. In Rogue One we witness Chirrut Îmwe practicing the meditative-like art of zama-shiwo to become better aligned with the Force.

Like the Jedi and Force-sensitive character in Star Wars, we too can use meditation to find inner calm, mental clarity, and connect with the life force around us.

 Benefits of Meditation

While Jedi meditation dates back to the dawn of time, it has returned with renewed vigor as a source of peaceful reflection in a fast-paced modern world. Scientifically speaking, meditation has been proven to:

Meditation can be a restorative way to start or finish your day. As with anything, meditation can be challenging at first; it takes time and effort to be able to maintain focus and achieve mental clarity.

Jedi Meditation Techniques

You may be wondering where to begin with meditation, beyond the Hollywood depiction of sitting cross-legged and saying “ohm” repetitively. Here are a few different ideas from Force Within to get you started:

Box Breathing

Box Breathing—also known as four-square or square-box breathing—is a technique used by Navy SEALs to maintain calm and focus on the battlefield. Retired Navy SEAL Commander Mark Divine incorporates this form of meditation into his high-intensity SEALFIT program.

Box Breathing consists of inhaling over a period of four seconds, holding your breath for four seconds, exhaling over a period of four seconds, holding your breath for four seconds, and repeating. This practice can slow your heart rate and offset feelings of anxiety.

Box Breathing can be challenging for beginners, so here’s a guided Box Breathing practice you can use to get started: Guided Box Breathing Technique

 

 

Force Connection

Force Connection is all about feeling yourself connect to the life force of things around you. As with mindful walking, Force Connection allows you to calm yourself by appreciating your natural surroundings. Meditating on the natural landscape and your place within it can help you clear your mind and feel as one with the world.

Force Visionguided jedi meditation

Force Vision is a visualization technique. Focusing your desired outcome, picturing yourself achieving one of your goals, and channelling your positive energy can help motivate you to make things happen. In a recent study, participants were asked to visualize their best possible selves over a period of four weeks. They were instructed to visualize their ideal outcome, goal accomplishment, and self-improvement.

At the conclusion of the study, participants were reported to have an increased level of motivation and positivity. A follow-up survey showed that many of the participants continued the daily exercises after the study was complete.

Star Gazing

Star Gazing is another visualization technique. Contrary to the name, this exercise can be completed indoors.

Find a quiet place to sit or lie down. Close your eyes and take some deep breaths. Visualize a starry night sky to the best of your ability. If thoughts come into your mind during this exercise recognize them, accept them, and then release the thought into the universe.

The purpose of this meditation technique is to be able to let go of thoughts and calm the mind. Like Box Breathing, this exercise can be challenging for beginners. Here’s a guided Star Gazing exercise to help keep you on track: Guided Star Gazing Technique.

Bonus: This exercise can also be completed outside with real stars.

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Until next time, may the Force be with your guided Jedi meditation.