We should be in harmony with our own consciousness; our mind, body, and soul should be one in interest and in purpose. And in that unified condition, we can actually express that natural innate love that we have found in our own life in everything we do in the world.
God is the center of everything. When we truly, honestly strive to make him the goal of our life, God will be pleased with our endeavor even if we fail. He will give us all help, and even in the difficulties we endure in the process, he will bring us closer and closer to him.
There may be many excellent techniques to concentrate better while chanting the Lord’s holy names, all of which are very, very good. But God is not pleased just by concentration. He is pleased by devotion. That means the character of our life.
When we hear about the Lord, we should hear with a spirit to serve the Lord. When we chant his names, we should chant so that He is pleased to hear us chanting. That is the beauty of life, the real art of living.