Watch your time. Don’t waste it. You decide to make a quick trip to town to get something you need, but how easily other things distract you. Before you know it you have been gone for hours. At the end of the day, you see how your attention was scattered.It lost all its accomplishing power. The mind is like a bag of mustard seeds. If you spill those seeds on the floor it is hard to pick them up again. Your concentration must be like a vacuum cleaner, drawing those scattered seed-thougths together again.
When you have finished your duties at the end of the day, sit quietly alone. Take a good book and read it with attention. Then, meditate long and deeply. You will find much more peace and happiness in this than in restless activities in which your mind runs riot in all directions. If you think you are meditating, when all the while your mind is scattered, you delude yourself. But one you learn to concentrate on God, there is nothing like it. Test yourself. Go on a picnic, go into town, socialize with friends; at the end of the day you will be nervous and restless. But if you cultivate the habit of spending time alone at home in meditation, a great power and peace will come over you. And it will remain with you in your activities as well as in meditation. Seclusion is the price of greatness.
The great man always does everything with the power of attention. The full forces of that power can be attained through meditation. When you use that focusing power of God, you can place it on anything and be a success. Use it to develop body, mind, and soul.
Therefore, friends, my last word is this: Focus your attention on God and you shall have all the power you want, to use in any direction. And if you faithfully follow the scientific Self-Realization methods of concentration and meditation, you will see that there is no quicker or surer way to unite yourself with God.
(pgs. 281 – 282, Journey to Self-Realization)