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Henry Harrison Brown

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Henry H. Brown's

Concentration: The Road to Success

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Introductory - What is Success? - The "Why" of the Book - Concentration a Natural Process - Paying Attention - Some Channels of Waste - "I Am Life" - How Shall I Concentrate - The Will - Habits - "In the Silence" - Compensation of Concentration - With Eyes See Not - The Ideal - Prayer - Desire versus Wish - Mental Poise - Methods of Concentration - Directions for Practice - How To Do It - Some Practical Suggestions - Self-Study and the Law of Life - Special Desires versus Principles - My One Rule:-Agreement - Love - Opinions and Methods of Others - A Parting Word -


Chapter XX. - Self-Study and the Law of Life - 105

Buddha appealed himself only to what we should call the Inner Light.
--- Max Muller.

Do your work, respecting the excellence of the work, and not its acceptableness. This is so much economy as that, rightly read, it is the sum of economy. Profligacy consists not so much in spending years of your time or chests of money,-but in spending them off the line of your career. The crime which bankrupts men and states is job-work; declining from your main design, to serve a turn here and there. Nothing is beneath you, if it is in the direction of your life; nothing is great or desirable if it is off from that.
--- Emerson in "Conduct of Life."

It is well to have some definite methods for practice in the beginning but there is a danger that I warn you of, and that is that you will grow to consider them a necessity. Beware of this.

Use them for self-development. Remember that you will soon outgrow them. I give them to be outgrown. But use them until you can concentrate without these preliminary steps.

First --- Study yourself. Understand your own mental conditions. See where you are positive and where negative in your thought. All thoughts of any lack in yourself; all thoughts of want; all tendencies to complain, wish, or find fault with yourself; all criticisms, regrets and self condemnation; all thoughts of inability to cope with any condition; all thoughts of shrinking, avoiding, fearing any person, thing or condition; all thoughts of reliance upon friends, money, position, reputation or culture; all thoughts of any assistance from without yourself; all these are thoughts of weakness.

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