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Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, by George Lucas

 

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Star Wars, an epic film series based in a fictitious galaxy, follows good and evil and the delicate balance between them.

There are many instances of Eastern philosophy and being “mindful” throughout Star Wars. This is one of my favorites. Two Jedi Knights, Obi-Wan and his mentor Qui-Gon, have boarded a cruiser to settle a dispute with the Trade Federation.

This scene is right at the beginning and it smacks you in the face!

You could do worse than learn from a Jedi.

OBI-WAN
I have a bad feeling about this.

QUI-GON
I don’t sense anything.

OBI-WAN
It’s not about the mission, Master,
it’s something…elsewhere…elusive.

QUI-GON
Don’t center on your anxiety, Obi-
Wan. Keep your concentration here
and now where it belongs.

OBI-WAN
Master Yoda says I should be mindful
of the future…

QUI-GON
…but not at the expense of the
moment. Be mindful of the living
Force, my young Padawan.

 

Do I really have to sit here for 8 hours?!

Work or school can be a tough place to deal with anxiety. Even though I liked school and have had the fortune of enjoying every job I’ve had since high school, there are times anxiety makes me feel like a captive, chaining me to my desk as I resort to white-knuckling it through the rest of the day.

Eight hours is a long time. But if the day could be broken up into smaller pieces – at least in your mind – so you can say “I’ve made it halfway through the day” or “only 1 hour to go”, it might seem more manageable.

At a past job, there was an automated email I received everyday at 3pm. The email was simply a status about a system I managed, no big deal. But pretty soon, I was looking forward to that email every day. It signaled I had only 1 more hour of work. I’d see the email and buckle back down for 1 more hour. Cause I could make it through 1 hour.

At my current job, I listen to a radio program during lunch – 92.9 dave fm’s “Radio Free Lunch” (now a sports talk station). Everyday there is a topical theme – songs about summer, songs about superheroes for The Avengers movie release, songs with the cheesiest lyrics for National Grilled Cheese Day, song from artists you’d dress up like for Halloween – you get the idea. I look forward to it everyday. It means my work day is halfway through, and I enjoy the anticipation of what songs they’ll play to fit the theme.

It’s a simple, silly thing. But sometimes it’s those things that get you through.

The Spirit of Radio, by Rush


“Begin the day with a friendly voice, a companion unobtrusive” – Rush

Music is a companion. It can distract you, lift you spirits, and help you through a difficult moment. In college I used to crank this song in my car early in the morning. It always rocks my face off.