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The Jedi Code A Guide To Better Mental Health

While entirely fictional,​ the​ enigmatic concept knowns as​ “The Force” is​ based on​ some very real principles. in​ the​ movie,​ Star Wars,​ the​ “Force” is​ often spoken of​ by members of​ a​ religious order called the​ Jedi. the​ warrior-priests of​ the​ Jedi Order served as​ the​ main proponents of​ what they believed to​ be the​ core concepts of​ the​ Force.

The concept and the​ order are fictional,​ but the​ principles by which the​ Jedi lived their lives are excellent guides to​ living one's life,​ especially amidst all the​ chaos of​ the​ modern world. For as​ long as​ the​ “Dark Side” of​ the​ Force is​ equated not to​ evil but to​ negative influences in​ one's life,​ the​ principles of​ the​ Jedi Code can easily be used to​ form a​ personal philosophy for living a​ good life,​ complete with a​ healthy mental attitude. Below you'll find the​ core principles of​ the​ Jedi philosophy,​ and some ideas on​ how they can be adapted to​ the​ trials and tribulations of​ modern life.

There is​ no emotion; there is​ peace.

Being able to​ control one's emotions was critical to​ a​ Jedi,​ as​ their tasks often required that they remain as​ objective as​ possible. Fear and anxiety can have negative effects on​ one's decision-making,​ which in​ turn can wreak havoc on​ one's life. By taking control of​ one's stress and anxiety,​ separating it​ from the​ tasks that need to​ be done,​ you​ can effectively find better solutions to​ your problems than you​ would have if​ you​ let your anxiety affect your analysis of​ the​ situation. This concept does not advise denying one's emotions,​ since doing so can result in​ more anxiety disorders and psychological issues than it​ solves. it​ merely says that people should let logic and analysis guide their decisions,​ not their feelings.

There is​ no ignorance; there is​ knowledge.

The Jedi Order espoused the​ determined pursuit of​ knowledge. to​ support the​ quest for enlightenment,​ they built a​ grand library that contained volumes of​ information on​ various topics and disciplines that were necessary to​ educate and train a​ Jedi. They also shared that knowledge,​ to​ better enlighten the​ same people they were attempting to​ protect. Many problems with anxiety and phobias can be alleviated if​ people just took the​ time to​ understand things. a​ little knowledge can help someone overcome the​ fear and anxiety that one encounters when exposed to​ a​ totally alien culture. in​ some cases,​ anxiety disorders can also be overcome simply by equipping one's mind with sufficient knowledge about the​ source of​ the​ anxiety,​ thus allowing a​ person to​ better understand and face the​ problem.

There is​ no passion; there is​ serenity.

Similar to​ the​ first principle,​ the​ Jedi believed that being too passionate about something was dangerous,​ as​ it​ could cloud one's judgment and objectivity. For people in​ their position,​ objectivity was critical in​ nearly all situations. the​ same can be said of​ pretty much anyone in​ the​ modern world. Emotions and passion can cloud our ability to​ make good decisions,​ as​ well as​ have an​ adverse effect on​ our ability to​ recognize our mistakes and correct them to​ avert further damage. Being calm amidst the​ face of​ an​ impossible bureaucracy can go a​ long way to​ keeping one's state of​ mental health stable and far away from “going postal.” as​ long as​ you​ don't let your stress and anxiety build up by dwelling on​ the​ negative,​then your mind is​ serene and you​ can then make better decisions and take a​ clearer look at​ what is​ going on​ in​ one's life.

There is​ no death,​ there is​ only the​ Force.

The Jedi believed that when someone dies,​ they become one with the​ Force. This allowed them to​ see death not as​ a​ negative event,​ but merely a​ transition that one was inevitably going to​ get past. Adapting this to​ modern life,​ negative events can be portrayed as​ the​ “death” the​ philosophy mentions,​ with “The Force” acting as​ a​ metaphor for life itself. in​ other words,​ it​ is​ basically stating that,​ regardless of​ all the​ negative events in​ one's life,​ regardless of​ all the​ fear and anxiety,​ the​ nausea induced by corporate and familial duties,​ there is​ still life itself. to​ use one metaphor to​ explain another,​ if​ something bad comes your way,​ take some time out to​ stop and smell the​ roses. Your entire life will not be dictated by one car crash or​ an​ unfair termination. Life goes on​ and moves on,​ and so should you.

Taking all of​ the​ above principles into account,​ it​ is​ difficult to​ see how they could fail to​ lead to​ a​ better state of​ mind,​ even amidst the​ chaos of​ modern life. That is,​ if​ they are followed like a​ personal philosophy and not taken as​ mere guidelines. Besides,​ if​ one espouses the​ opposite of​ the​ above principles,​ one is​ liable to​ burn out rather quickly.


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