Want to know ten great life lessons Star Wars taught me? Star Wars is such an inspiring film. It’s packed full of great life lessons. Here are 10 of the best.
Here at TheDailyMeditation.com we love movies that offer valuable life coaching lessons. Some of the best examples of life coaching training in the movies come from the Star Wars series.
Stories teach lots of life lessons. But very few movies teach as many life lessons as Star Wars does.
The Star Wars series is literally packed full of great life lessons. You don’t need a masters in philosophy to recognise the fact that much of Star Wars’ mythology is based on Buddhism. Not only do Jedi meditate, but concepts such as the Force and Yoda’s idea that “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering” come from Buddhism too.
So it is that many of the personal development lessons and life coaching lessons come from Buddhism. Let’s take a look at five of the best life coaching tips from Star Wars.
Star Wars Life Coaching Lesson 1: To Meditate
Meditation is shown all over Star Wars. Yoda, the Jedi master, is shown meditating many times. Yoda advocates a clarity of mind and inner peace. A master of philosophy, Yoda is always speaking of the importance of inner peace, which is obtained from meditation.
But just how do you meditate? Learning to meditate it’s quite easy and can be self taught—though there are many meditation schools and meditation teachers for those interested. To do a simple meditation, go somewhere quiet, sit comfortably and focus your mind on your breathing. That’s it! Simply sit for ten minutes focusing on your breathing and you will calm your mind.
2: Remove anger, hate and fear
Yoda says to Anakin Skywalker that “Fear is the path to the darkside” leading to anger, hate and suffering. Fear leads to those suffering of both the fearful person themselves (who suffers fear) and the people around them, who suffer from the negative emotions of the fearful individual.
Though you could write a Philosophy Masters Degree thesis on the dangers of hate anger and fear, suffice to say that if you live your life in the shackles of these three great negatives, you will greatly limit yourself and live an unhappy life.
By letting go of fear, anger and hate we create peace and love. To do this, challenge your fearful ways of thinking with more positive ways. For instance, if you are a college student currently studying for a masters degree in psychology (for example), you may be fearful of exams. Challenge this negative thought by seeing the exams as the opportunity to show your excellence in your field and as the beginning of a new career, once you’ve passed your exams and got a job. The specific don’t matter too much. What matters is challenging negative thoughts with positive thinking.
3: The Right Path
Star Wars is all about walking the right path. Anakin Skywalker diverts from the right path and ends up becoming Darth Vader. Luke Skywalker walks the right path, saves Anakin Skywalker from Darth Vader and saves the day. It’s important to make sure that every step you take is on the right path. Ask yourself before making decision “Which path is this moving me down, the good or the bad?”
Many mindfulness meditation courses advocate the importance of being mindful of every decision. Stay vigilant with your mind and you will guide yourself towards success. If you’re interested in learning more about mindfulness, consider taking Buddhist studies online.
Another important difference between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader is humility. In the prequel Star Wars trilogy, Anakin Skywalker fails to show humility. He is offended by being told that is not yet a Jedi Master (in Revenge of the Sith) and, because of this, chooses to try to become more powerful by getting closer to the evil Emperor Palpatine. Anakin believes he is the best Jedi in the universe and will do anything to prove himself right, but this only leads him to become a pawn for the Emperor. Conversely, Luke Skywalker never craves power. Both The Emperor and Darth Vader offer Luke the chance to rule the universe but he doesn’t give in to temptation. It is Luke’s humility that leads him to success where Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader failed.
As any positive psychology degree graduate will tell you, humility is one of the twenty four character strengths that lead to positive, happy and successful lives. Get past your ego and you’re set for success.
5: Not believing? That is why you fail.
One of the most famous scenes in the entire Star Wars saga is Luke’s training on Degobah. In this sequence, Yoda is teaching Luke about the force. Yoda asks Luke to use the force to move his ship out of the swamp. Luke tries but fails. Yoda then moves the ship, to which Luke says “I don’t believe it” and Yoda, in arguably his most famous quote, says “That is why you fail.”
Luke had failed to have an open mind, to believe that something so seemingly magical could actually happen.
You don’t need a masters degree in psychology to see the importance of an open mind. If we do not have an open mind, if we are not willing to open our eyes to alternative possibilities, we limit ourselves to our current mode of thinking. Simply opening our mind leads us to see the possibilities in life.
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