Aug 11

Thousands of people suffer from stress, depression and mental disorders of various kinds. There are many attempts by individuals and groups in the community to answer their calls for help. But if we are personally seeking assistance we must have confidence that the doctors, psychologists, therapists and organizations offer treatment methods that have proven to be effective. We must explore the nature of their services and use discrimination in our selection of professional therapy.

Whatever system we choose to follow, we must undertake some form of training that will equip us to maintain our mental faculties and intellectual structure, as we must do when training for physical fitness.

Some organizations offer systems based upon technology that work with the brainwave patterns of consciousness with promises to ‘increase longevity, slow ageing and lower stress’ and we can understandably be a little sceptical. However new approaches may advance to have the answers and perhaps will be able to ‘…put you safely, quickly and easily into states of deep relaxation and stress release’ so that we will have immediate ‘increased feelings of well being.’

However with the basic or classic systems upon which we have relied for centuries and that have proven to be effective we cannot go far wrong. We cannot doubt a system of mind training that is based upon simple disciplines that embrace relaxation, concentration and meditation.

Relaxation therapy is always a pleasant learning experience and effectively reduces stress in our psyche. Concentration helps us improve in self confidence as we gain in mental strength and positive self image. Meditation helps us to arrive at new and stimulating states of mind as we allow our ego tensions to melt away to enjoy the peaceful consciousness of just being.

As exercise plays a dominant role in keeping physical health, so it is important in acquiring mental fitness as we seek through movements and contractions of thought to extend both our strength and our flexibility as we acquire greater development of our minds and consciousness.

We cannot expect instant success as we need time to develop different habits of thinking and feeling and above all, we need to be good friends and at peace with ourselves.

Aug 11

Concentration is our most potent mental tool and essential in developing mental fitness. It is our main faculty we use when learning or reading and when we are in a receptive or listening mode. We use this faculty to help us focus upon important personal interests in everyday life. We also use it to deliberately programme our own mind and so develop grooves of comfortable opinions and attitudes.

Concentration is used to achieve pin-point energy upon one particular selected subject. Concentration is mind power. It is the element we require to accomplish anything. The principle is simple. If we keep our thoughts upon success, we will most likely succeed. If we concentrate upon failure we will do doubt succeed in failing. If we concentrate upon power, we will become powerful. If we concentrate upon love, we will become loving and so on. Each of us develops our nature to attract circumstances by the power of our mind’s concentration. Poor concentration is a symptom of diminishing mental fitness. We must practise to improve this faculty that tends to weaken as we grow older.

A definite aim will ensure that any concentrated thought will bear fruit. So we must take care that the direction of our mind’s power is truly in accordance with our own welfare and interests as well of that of others.

Conscious effort of thought is required to build mental ‘muscle-power’ or strong mindedness, just as effort is needed to build physical fitness. The power of the concentrated mind can also be compared to the rocket fuel that gives our thoughts ‘lift off’ into space. Concentration can also be used as a tuning-in device similar to tuning the radio.

This analogy holds true in meditation when we wish to expand our consciousness in order to receive inspiration or intuitive guidance. Concentration is the tool to help programme our mind. When concentrating, the emotions must be passive and co-operative to allow all our available mental energy to be used without emotional distraction.