Dear brothers and sisters,

Concentration is a skill that can be acquired from practicing. Some people are born with it, but most people obtain it by practicing. And it is fairly easy to practice.

Before talking about practice, you may want to take note that your success in life depends heavily on your ability to concentrate your mind. If you mind is scattered all over the places, you know very well that you cannot achieve anything of substance. If you use all your day to daydream in classes, run around coffee shops, make calls to 12 friends to chat, go to the swimming pool for 20 minutes, read your homework assignments for a half hour while chatting at the same time, eat dinner, watch TV, and then go to bed. What have you accomplished in the day other than throwing a chunk of your precious time out of the window?

The prerequisite for accomplishing something is your concentration on finishing that thing. If you don’t focus on finishing the work, you will accomplish nothing. It is that simple.

So, my friends,

– Sit down to translate a short text of English for an hour each day, with your phone and Facebook off, until you’re done.

– Practice your guitar each day at least one hour, if you want to be a guitarist.

– Go to your Aikido class without skipping, until you get your black belt.

– Bake a cake every two days, until you become a famous baker.

– Do at least two hours of mathematics each day, if you want to be a mathematician.

– Or do sitting meditation an hour each day to train your mind to focus on your breath and nothing else.

Friends, people say “Patience is mother of success.” Well, patience will not work if you just run around patiently with a scattered brain, or patiently daydream in the class, or patiently sleep all day.

Patience means patiently doing something until the task is done. Thus, concentration is an innate element of patience. If you have patience, you have concentration. If you have no concentration, you have no patience.

So, concentrate on what you want to be in the future, and on what you have to do “now and here” to make your wish a reality someday.

Wish you concentrate well.



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Một suy nghĩ 4 thoughts on “Concentration”

  1. Spiritual concentration.

    Notice what is happening…
    What sense is most alive? What are you tasting? What are you hearing? What do you “see”? To touch the place touched? What does God smell like? What does God feel like? What is it like to connect to the whole?
    St. Ignatius exercise spiritual concentration
    Ignatius recommends a form of contemplation which he calls “application of the senses.” For this you “place yourself in a scene from the Gospels. Ask yourself, “What do I see? What do I hear? What do I feel, taste and smell?”The purpose of these Exercises is that we might gain the empathy to “follow and imitate more closely our Lord.”

    Acknowledging Jesus
    With God love
    Thuy Pham

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  2. Thanks, Brother Thùy.

    I am still struggling to figure out why the Christians have talked about focusing on God/Jesus all the time, but still done great horrors to the world throughout history.

    My answer, as of now, is: Because they talk about God in the abstract, and don’t see their concrete brothers and sisters in front of their eyes, as Jesus have taught. So they cannot see God as they think they do, but only see the images of the God they create out of their own greed and ignorance.

    God, without our brothers and sisters, doesn’t help us, because God wants us to love our brothers and sisters. “Love God to love your mankind.” People take the first, abstract part, and ignore the second, concrete part. That is where the sins come.


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  3. Brother,

    Yes, we need to love our brothers and sisters just like our neighbor before we can love God. Impossible to love God without loving others because many of us our oblivious to our surroundings. We might have a big heart and good intentions, but many of us can only excel,or be faithful because of our ways of life through experience and our childhood. Thomas doubted God because he needed to see. If we have a passion for music or cooking like you mentioned then one is able to accomplish with great focus and the mindset of what we want to accomplish. Practice with routine go hand in hand.
    As St Jame 2:14-26
    Faith Without Works Is Dead.

    Your brother in Christ
    Thuy Pham

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