A Balancing Act

We have spent quite a bit of time talking about what the Force is and how it affects us, more philosophy than anything. From this point on we are going to begin discussing in more depth the use of the Force and developing an awareness of it in our lives. In order to get to that point, however, we first need to talk about balance.

Every now and then someone will post on the boards, “How do I feel the Force? How do I get in contact with it?” The answer is a fairly simple one, yet can prove to be quite elusive to some: it all comes down to balance. Reaching a state of balance is essential when trusting in the Force. You must be mentally and emotionally calm, which is not always easy to achieve. No, I am not talking about having an absence of feelings and thoughts, but simply controlling them.

In today’s society, we live very hectic lives. We run from school to football practice to music lessons to forensics club to dinner to work to . . . well, you know what I am talking about. We get so caught up in what is happening to us that we don’t pay attention to what is happening within us. Because of our stress level we become emotional cannons and mental chatterboxes. In short, we aren’t very good at letting go. Yet that is exactly what we must do. I’ll admit that that isn’t the best advice, but how you do that is really up to you.