Break The Cycle Of Bad Discipline

Lesson 7: Concentration

When I was a youngster, I witnessed how a magnifying glass could burn a piece of paper, when the rays of the sunshine were focused through it. The fire could start only when the sun's rays were centralized to a small point. When the magnifying glass was moved too far off or too close to the paper, the rays weren't centered enough and nothing occurred. This experience describes vividly the night of concentration.

This power may be described as centered attention. It's the power to direct the attention to one single thought or subject, to the exclusion of everything else. When our brain is centered, our energies are not dissipated on irrelevant activities or thoughts. This is why formulating concentration is crucial to anybody who aspires to take charge of his or her life. This skill is indispensable for every sort of success. Without it, our efforts become scattered, but with it, we may achieve great things.

Concentration has a lot of uses and advantages. It helps in studying and understanding faster, betters the memory, and helps in centering on any task, job, action or goal, and accomplishing it more easily and efficiently. It's likewise required for developing psychic abilities and is a mighty tool for the efficient utilization of creative visualization.

When this power is developed, the brain obeys us more readily and doesn't engage in futile, damaging thoughts or worries. We gain mental mastery and we experience true peacefulness.


This power also plays a crucial role in meditation. Without it, the brain simply jumps restlessly from one thought to a different, not letting us meditate the right way.

Do you now recognize, why it's really important and worthwhile to formulate and better the ability to concentrate?

To develop this power you have to train and exercise it. Forget all your excuses about not having the time or being too busy. Don't say that the conditions are not appropriate or that you can't find a quiet place to exercise. With a little designing, want and motivation you are able to always find the time to exercise every day, regardless how busy you are.

Thoughts claim our attention ceaselessly and waste our time and energy on insignificant and worthless matters. They really rule our life. We have become so used to this bondage, that we take it for granted, and have become unconscious of this habit, except on particular occasions.

While breathing, we don't need to pay attention to every inhalation and exhalation. We get conscious of the procedure of breathing, only if we have some trouble with breathing, such when our nose is clogged, due to a cold, or when we're in an unventilated room.

It's the same with thinking. We get conscious of the constant barrage of our thoughts, and of our inability to calm them down, only if we have to concentrate, solve an issue or study. We're likewise acutely aware of them when we have worries or concerns.

View the following familiar state of affairs. You have to study something for your job or for an exam. You sit comfortably on the couch with the book in your hands and begin reading. After a while, you feel hungry and go to the kitchen to have something.

You come back to read, and then hear inhabit talking outside. You listen to them for many moments and then bring your attention back to the book.

After some time you feel restless and turn on the radio to listen to some music. You continue to read for a bit, and then recall something that happened yesterday, and you begin thinking of it.

When you view your watch, you're astonished to find out that one complete hour has passed and you've scarcely read anything.

This is what occurs when one lacks concentration. Envisage what you could have achieved, if you could control your attention and center your mind!

Work that calls for physical strength, like carrying heavy loads, for instance, develops physical strength. Yet, it isn't as exercising daily at the gym in a systematic manner. It's the same with concentration. Studying, reading and trying to pay attention to what we do, develop some of this power, but rehearsing exercises diligently daily is something else, it's like training in a gym.

In order to formulate this power, we have to train our brains. Most individuals believe that concentration is a strenuous and tiring activity and that it involves effort and tension, which are hard and unpleasant.

This notion begins at an early age. Parents and teachers expect youngsters to study, do their homework and get great grades. This brings up in the youngsters a feeling of being forced and coerced to do something they don't like doing.

If they're too often told that they're not concentrating well enough, they develop a loathing for concentration, and frequently for studying too. These become associated with coercion, deficiency of freedom, doing something they don't like to do, and which is against their will. When they grow up, it's no wonder that their powers of concentration are weak, and they've no wanted to strain their minds.

Though most individuals acknowledge the fact that great concentration is an excellent asset, yet most of them do nothing to fortify it because they don't know how, and as they lack the motivation. It's hoped that this will provide the necessary data and motivation.

Concentration may be fun if approached incorrectly. It ought to be practiced with joy, positive attitude, optimism, and understanding of its great possibilities.

Occasionally you are able to find strong powers of concentration in yourself. When you truly and earnestly wish to excel in your studies, pass a crucial exam or solve an issue, this power becomes available to you. In such instances, it appears because of some need or want, but developing it in an orderly way brings it under your control, and grants you the power to utilize it intentionally, whenever you require it. To do so, you have to rehearse special exercises on a day-to-day basis.

Here is what you may gain by developing this power:  Control of your thoughts.  The power to focus your mind.  Peacefulness.  Freedom from futile and pesky thoughts.  The power to choose your thoughts.  Better memory.  Self-assurance.  Inner strength.  Willpower.  Decisiveness.  The power to study and comprehend more quickly.  Inner happiness.  Enhanced capacity to develop psychic abilities.  More powerful and efficient utilization of creative visualization.  Heightened ability to meditate.  And a great deal more...


Select some thought and see how long you are able to hold your mind on it. It's nice to have a clock initially and keep track of the time.

Imagine you decide to consider health, consider health as being a great blessing in the world. Don't let any additional thought drift in.

Just the minute one starts to intrude, make it disappear. Make it an everyday habit of centering on this thought for, perhaps 10 minutes. Practice doing this till you may hold it to the exclusion of everything else. You may have to do this exercise regularly for ten days or more in order to sharpen your concentration skills.

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