Janetti Marotta gave the first talk in a eight-week series titled "Seven Factors of Awakening". This talk focuses on: what is mindfulness, and how is it considered one of the seven factors of awakening? Three central factors of mindfulness that cultivate the mind are explored: the particular way of paying attention to the present moment; the ability to investigate experience through seeing clearly; and the development of insight into freedom from suffering.
This talk was given as part of the series "Eight Great Thoughts" (Anguttara Nikaya 8:30). Mindfulness is an aware acceptance of the present moment without judgment. Mindfulness opens us to accept the present moment just as it is, whether it’s pleasant or unpleasant, without either clinging to it or rejecting to it. This acceptance in turns leads to insight into the nature of suffering, impermanence, and non-self. Awareness of our breath and body can ground us in present moment during our meditation.
This talk was given as part of the series “Strengthening Mindfulness.” The talk discussed various 'presents,' or gifts, that the practice of mindfulness can bring to our daily lives. For example, one definition of mindfulness is simply being aware of what’s happening right now without judgment. So the practice of mindfulness can help us to cultivate the quality of nonjudgment, which in turn allows wholesome qualities such as generosity, patience, and compassion to come through.