"work when you work, and play when you play." - Lesson 2e: The Self Mastery

Last Update: January 30, 2017

Greetings to you my amazing WA friends

Here is Part E of Lesson 2: The Self Mastery"work when you work, and play when you play."

I am a firm believer in "work when you work, and play when you play." When you give yourself up to pleasure you can develop concentration by thinking of nothing else but pleasure; when your mind dwells on love, think of nothing but this and you will find you can develop a more intense love than you ever had before. When you concentrate your mind on the "you" or real self, and its wonderful possibilities, you develop concentration and a higher opinion of yourself.

By doing this systematically, you develop much power, because you cannot be systematic without concentrating on what you are doing. When you walk out into the country and inhale the fresh air, studying vegetation, trees, etc., you are concentrating. When you see that you are at your place of business at a certain time each morning you are developing steadiness of habit and becoming systematic. If you form the habit of being on time one morning, a little late the next, and still later the following one, you are not developing concentration, but whenever you fix your mind on a certain thought and hold your mind on it at successive intervals, you develop concentration.

If you hold your mind on some chosen object, you centralize your attention, just like the lens of the camera centralizes on a certain landscape. Therefore always hold your mind on what you are doing, no matter what it is. Keep a careful watch over yourself, for unless you do your improvement will be very slow.

Practice inhaling long, deep breaths, not simply for the improvement of health, although that is no small matter, but also for the purpose of developing more power, more love, more life. All work assists in development.

You may think it foolish to try to develop concentration by taking muscular exercises, but you must not forget that the mind is associated with muscle and nerve. When you steady your nerves and muscles, you steady your mind, but let your nerves get out of order and your mind will become erratic and you will not possess the power of direction, which, in other words, is concentration. Therefore you understand how important exercises that steady the nerves and muscles are in developing concentration.

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AlexEvans Premium Plus
Sound advice it works extremely well, thank you for sharing.
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TheBuilder Premium
Thank you dear Alexander.
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PaulineT Premium
Great advice!
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TheBuilder Premium
You are welcome my dear Pauline.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Hmmmm.....I never thought of exercise as a way to increase concentration. Interestingly enough, I'm about to begin a body-shaping class soon, lol.
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TheBuilder Premium
Thank you my dear Veronica. Start by walking 30 minutes everyday.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
I walk for about 45 minutes, about 4-5 days a week; I'm slowly increasing my activity!
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TheBuilder Premium
Wonderful. Keep it up.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Thanks!!!
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AwesomeWoman Premium
We become what we think about and our habits make a difference, too. Thanks! ~ t
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TheBuilder Premium
Thank you my dear friend.
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TitaWorks Premium
My Si'fu (Southern Style Preying Mantis) says your mind moves the way your body moves. How not? You are all-the-way connected with your own self.
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TheBuilder Premium
Well said my friend. Thanks for dropping by.
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