In this talk, Janetti Marotta presented the publication of her new book, "A Fertile Path: Guiding the Journey with Mindfulness and Compassion." Janetti described how mindfulness teaches us to be in harmony with whatever life presents. With the wisdom of awareness and the warmth of compassion, obstacles become challenges and crises become opportunities.
Janetti Marotta gave the first talk in a eight-week series titled "Seven Factors of Awakening". This talk focuses on what mindfulness is, and how it is 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.