The one who strives toward righteousness should resolve that the goal of his mind will be to cherish fully in his heart the remembrance of God, as if it were a priceless pearl or a precious jewel. He should set aside all else, disregarding even his body and scorning his very life in this world, in order to acquire only God in his heart (Text 1).
Cleary, Thomas. The Way of a Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way . Shambhala. Kindle Edition.