Updated: Mar 28, 2019
"Fear is the path to the dark side, fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering" Yoda.
Okay so that may sound really familiar if you're a Star Wars fan. Now, you could just brush that to one side and take it as just a piece of script from the film but actually when you read it, it makes sense when you think about anxiety. Anxiety comes from fear and a severe anxiety attack is pretty much what I would call the Darkside of anxiety. So when you read it again, fear is the path to the dark side....fear leads to anger...often associated with anxiety.... anger leads to hate....let's face it you probably hate the way you feel?...... hate leads to suffering! It's interesting how a script from a movie can actually sum up anxiety so accurately!
So what does that mean?
How does that help me?
Let's take a look at what the light side of the force is:
"The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together."
Ok, clearly I'm not a Jedi and I am assuming you aren't either! But the message here is clear: The force, if you think about it is the ability to absorb what is immediately around you and living in just that moment, which is exactly the way to combat anxiety because when we stop and ground ourselves and live in just the moment and FOCUS on just the moment, the anxiety diminishes. We feel a surge of energy and feel like we're back in control!
Of course I'm not saying I believe in the force but I do believe in the force of our own mind and it's ability to take control and to grow and to adapt and to change. It's this ability to stop and to focus inwardly on just the moment, on just yourself and just your breathing is what gives you access to the power to change your life.
So the next time you feel anxiety don't forget to use the force!! Stop....focus....feel....lose fear, love life and take back control!
May the force be with you!
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