How to Meditate Like a Jedi

June 8, 2024

We see Jedi Masters like Yoda advocating the importance of inner peace and meditating. But how exactly do they meditate to cultivate the Force?

Find a quiet space to sit comfortably. Close your eyes, feeling the warmth of your body seated and the breath flowing naturally. Scan the body from head to toe, noting any areas of tension or discomfort, although it's okay if the mind wanders. Gently bring the attention back to the breath.

When the mind begins to wander again, focus on the sensation of the rising and falling of the breath, noticing where this happens in the body, for example in the belly or chest. Try counting the number of inhalations and exhalations, but don't force this to happen - let it happen as naturally as possible.

As you get more comfortable, you can start to focus on different parts of the body in sequence. Start with the toes (the sole, heel and top of the foot), then move through the feet, pelvis, abdomen, back, upper back, shoulders, arms down to the hands, neck and different parts of the face.

Real life Jedi are mindful of their surroundings, but they do not allow anything to obstruct the breathing or engage in frivolous movement. This kind of movement leaks energy and creates a crack in the connection with the Force. It is one of the critical differences between Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker in the prequel Star Wars trilogy, where the former craves power and becomes a pawn of Emperor Palpatine, while the latter is humble, and does not seek to become more powerful.


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