The seven factors of awakening are practiced right in the heart of everyday life. For example, when we are in touch with the raindrops hanging on a branch, the daffodils bursting through the soil, the birds singing to us, we are in touch with joy.
Mindfulness is like the trunk of a tree, and the other six factors the branches. Waking up in the morning, we can start by being aware of our breath. This starts the engine of our mindfulness. We can use “gathas” (short practice verses) to continue to remain mindful through the day. When we bring our mind to an object like a bird landing on a branch, we are concentrated. We do not need to force concentration.
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