“The subconscious mind may be aroused and brought into action in any direction and made to serve us for any purpose, by concentration. The practice of concentration requires the control of the physical, mental, and physical being; all modes of consciousness whether physical, mental, or physical, must be under control.” (MKMMA, Week 17-9)
“If you wish to eliminate fear, concentrate on courage.” (MKMMA, Week 17-34)
“If you wish to eliminate lack, concentrate on abundance.” (MKMMA, Week 17-35)
At first I wondered how I shall begin to practice concentration on abundance. I then recalled that when I was young I was taught to chant before going to bed; and also use different mantra chanting whenever I need them in different situation. Up to date I am still practicing both types of chanting everyday because I believe that chanting is one of the power of attention for concentration. And I experience more peace of mind. Therefore, I have decided to apply my mantra chanting on this concentration exercise. With the intention to concentrate on abundance, it helps my body easily relax. I love this exercise and I promise to persist on developing my concentration until I succeed. “Remember that power comes through repose. Let the thought dwell upon your object, until it is completely identified with it, until you are conscious of nothing else.” (MKMMA, Week 17-33)
I came across the suggestion of “Concentrate on Controlling Desire” by Brett & Kate McKay (August 8, 2012): If you hear good news resist the desire to tell it to the first person you meet and you will be benefited thereby. It will require the concentration of all your powers of resistance to prohibit the desire to tell. After you feel that you have complete control over your desires you can then tell your news. But you must be able to suppress the desire to communicate the news until you are fully ready to tell it. Persons that do not possess this power of control over desires are apt to tell things that they should not, thereby often involving both themselves and others in needless trouble.
If you are in the habit of getting excited when you hear unpleasant news, just control yourself and receive it without any exclamation of surprise. Say to yourself, “Nothing is going to cause me to lose my self-control. You will find from experience that this self-control will be worth much to you in business. You will be looked upon as a cool-headed business man, and this in time becomes a valuable business asset. Of course, circumstances alter cases. At times it is necessary to become enthused. But be ever on the lookout for opportunities for the practice of self-control. “He that ruleth his spirit is greater than he that ruleth a city.”
I was very happy that I read the article last night. This morning I got a test, I received unpleasant phone call which was full of emotions. I got an opportunity to apply how to control over my desire to respond. I also immediately apply this promise “I promise to give my kindness and love consciously to that person I encounter.” Thanks for all these great tools I have!
“Your degree of success is determined by the nature of your desire. If the nature of your desire is in harmony with Natural Law or the Universal Mind, it will gradually emancipate the mind and give you invincible courage.” (MKMMA, Week 17-25)