Synonyms : determination, drive, resolve, continence, restraint, self-command, self-containment, self-control, self-discipline, self-government, self-mastery, self-possession, will, energetic determination, meditation, contemplation, concentration, attention
“The fear of the unknown is the beginning of wisdom”
Love is not only the beginning of wisdom; it is wisdom of the highest order.
Concentrated Attention is the key that unlocks all stores of wisdom, of truth and of spirituality. Self-discipline, researchers found, was more important than IQ in predicting academic success. They found self-control scores correlated with higher grade-point averages, higher self-esteem, less binge eating and alcohol abuse, and better relationship skills. individuals with high self-control in childhood (as reported by teachers, parents and the children themselves) grew into adults with greater physical and mental health, fewer substance-abuse problems and criminal convictions, and better savings behavior and financial security.
According to most psychological scientists, willpower can be defined as:
- The ability to delay gratification, resisting short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals.
- The capacity to override an unwanted thought, feeling or impulse.
- The ability to employ a “cool” cognitive system of behavior rather than a “hot” emotional system.
- Conscious, effortful regulation of the self by the self.
- A limited resource capable of being depleted.
Think of Will Power like religion, any religion, this is the inner experience of the individual.
To get to that experience, you must leave the outer world, in thought at least, and go within yourself. Willpower is another word for meditation.
How does one go inside?
By detaching from the outer or sense world and withdrawing your attention upon something inside your mind.
This appears simple enough, and is the method of acquiring all willpower training and religious experiences—leaving the outer world and entering the inner world of consciousness.
Concentrating the attention upon something inside of one self is the way to all willpower development and spiritual experiences.
Methods differ—so will the experiences differ. I learned not to get caught by the duality of opposites being so happy or sad. Stay in the Middle Way and
Be Here Now not tomorrow or yesterday. Being Still and Know That I Am God works to be in the Present. Once there Thank you for giving me this chance to say Thank you. Walk On.
The mind is a slave of the senses and sensual pleasures. Concentrate your attention, to keep the mind steady in between your eyes and brain and not let it come down.
The purpose is attaching yourself to your inner sound (a gift of your mind).
This sound keeps your mind detached from your senses and where willpower develops.
Now the mind is dominating the soul, and the mind itself is dominated by the senses (sight, feeling, touch, taste, hearing and sensual pleasures).
With the practice of concentrative attention we have to reverse the whole process, so that the soul dominates the mind, and the mind dominates the senses.
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