Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Jedi Code

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.
—The Jedi Code (Based on the meditations of Odan-Urr)

I recently took up yoga to help stretch my aging joints and muscles. I had anticipated the joys of newfound flexibility and relaxation, not the pleasure derived from learning meditative strategies.
While the other yogis focus on their auras or chi, I myself find comfort in the Jedi code.
There is no emotion, there is peace. 
    I find myself releasing the emotions I've collected over the day with the opening line. Frustration, embarrassment and self-doubt melt away as I straighten my spine and elongate my neck.

There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
  I look within and visualize the blood pumping through my heart, out to my extremities, back through my veins towards my lungs and kidneys to be refreshed again and again. The chemical energy from am earlier meal is converted to electrical energy which travels through my nerves to end as motion energy when I move through my positions. Yoga has given me an increased awareness regarding the functions of my body and the world around me.

There is no passion, there is serenity.
  This tenet echoes the first, but with new emphasis. It allows me to reconsider the things that I take too seriously. Is that argument really important? What's the most likely outcome if x or y event really happens? What's really important?

There is no chaos, there is harmony.
  Focus on reestablishing homeostasis within myself. How do I work to maintain balance between work and home? What can I do to minimize my impact on our natural world? How do I maintain my relationships?

There is no death, there is the Force.
  I find comfort in the knowledge that when I pass, my matter and energy will recycle into the universe. My organs may help those in need. My energy will move again through the earth, and my matter will make up future humans, animals, plants and minerals.

Well, I'm off to Wednesday night yoga. May the Force be with you.

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