“I am one with the Force and the Force is with me.”
we first hear this mantra when Chirrut Îmwe says it in repetition in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. although not a Jedi, Chirrut is a member of the Guardians of the Whills, an order of spiritual warrior monks devoted to the Force and beliefs of the Jedi. we also hear this mantra spoken by Ahsoka Tano in The Clone Wars.
i love it. it’s a great mantra. it reminds us that we are not alone in our efforts or in our lives. we are part of something vast, that is within us, and around us. this can be a beneficial reminder in times of struggle and challenge. you can just as easily replace “the Force” with another word to your liking that resonates for you and your practice: Life, Love, Tao, God, etc.
sometimes when we have a lot of energy moving around in our body and/or our mind is racing and unfocused, we can use a mantra. this gives us a focus for our attention and something to do with our body and mind together. Buddhism and Hinduism use mantras and some contemplative forms of Christianity, including Catholicism use prayers similar to mantras. i’m sure there are others in other traditions as well. if you don’t have a mantra in your tradition or perhaps you don’t have a spiritual tradition, maybe give this one a try and substitute with a word that supports you in your life, or simply use “the Force” however it resonates for you.
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