According to the dictionary concentrate means to focus one’s attention or mental effort on a particular object or activity. Haanel tells us that concentration does not mean mere thinking but that the thoughts are actually changed into practical values. When a person is so interested or engrossed in a subject that they are conscious of nothing else is the type of concentration that leads to intuition and insight about the subject. For myself, I will be applying the law of practice to achieving this concentration.
Haanel said that, “Thought is the activity which controls every principle beneath it.” After reading that I could only think of how important our predominant mental attitude is. Part 17 requires concentrated reading and more study because there is much knowledge to be learned and applied. The payoff for developing concentration muscles is huge since as stated in sentence 17, “The intensity of one moment’s earnest concentration and the intense longing to become and attain may take you further than years of slow normal and forced effort.”
That’s it for this week and I am off to practice concentrating.