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Learn To Meditate Like Yoda In New Star Wars Book: The Jedi Mind

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BY July 7, 2020
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Official Star Wars books have run the gamut of media tie-ins over the years. There are visual guides aplenty; official novelizations, kids activity books, and so much more. Now the powers that be at Lucasfilm Publishing is tapping into collective global anxiety with The Jedi Mind. The book by Amy Ratcliffe promises to teach mindfulness and meditation techniques. So you too can learn to meditate like Yoda. Disclaimer: these techniques will probably not let you levitate large rocks with your mind. But they might just help soothe your fraying nerves when the horror of the world seems like it is overwhelming.

The Jedi Mind Image via Chronicle Books

The Jedi Code Is Strong With This Book

The Jedi Mind will take “quotations and lessons from Star Wars and pairs them with practices such a breathing, posture, and meditation.” The book also features illustrations from artist Christina Chung to help soothe the mind. Chung and Ratcliffe have worked together in the past on the Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy book.

The book also honors the Jedi Code of Star Wars canon. The Jedi Code “is focused on peace, knowledge, serenity, and balance—principles that readers can engage in their own lives. The philosophical tenets are applicable not just in the galaxy far, far away, but also in our own galaxy, here and now.”

The Jedi Code Maz Image via Chronicle Books

In an interview author Amy Ratcliffe describes how she often turns to the teachings of the Jedi in her meditation practices.

“Whenever I would meditate, I would think about the Jedi. Specifically, I think of Qui-Gon Jinn dropping to a seated position and meditating during his battle with Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The first time I saw the movie I was so surprised by that. Like, “Buddy, what are you doing right now?!” But as I sank deeper into the world of Star Wars, I realized how much sense it made for Qui-Gon — specifically Qui-Gon — to pause when he had a chance and be in the moment.”

“Trust Your Feelings”

The Jedi Mind Anakin and Ahsoka Image via Chronicle Books

The Jedi Mind is not a narrative book, nor does it aspire to be a linear one. Individuals can pick the book up at any time, to find a quote or technique that suits their needs. In this way the book can be returned to over and over again. Ratcliffe says that the book goes over mindfulness basics. And then it’s kind of like a sampler platter (which is always a terrific choice when you can’t decide on a single appetizer). Pick the book up, admire a soothing illustration, read a quote tied to the Force. And learn how to adapt it for practical use.”

In a world where nothing is certain and everyone is full of anxiety, The Jedi Mind comes along at an opportune moment to reminds us to breathe and take joy in the little things.

The Jedi Mind will be out on November 10, 2020 and is available for pre-order through Chronicle Books now. For more Star Wars news, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today.

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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