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This causes that - seven factors of awakening

Here's another Buddhist list to ponder called the Seven Factors of Awakening:

1. Mindfulness
2. Investigation
3. Energy
4. Joy
5. Tranquility
6. Concentration
7. Equanimity

These can be seen as another chain of cause and effect. Mindfulness leads to investigation leads to energy leads to joy leads to calmness leads to absorption leads to equanimity. This causes that.

Now, the thing I like about these lists is the joy and tranquility in them, and that is a beautiful thing.

So, starting at the beginning, what is going on right now?

Causing happiness

We live in a universe governed by cause and effect - easy to say, less easy to realise that we are part of this process. Sometimes it is nice to think in terms of - 'what effect would I like to enjoy?' We might say 'happiness' and then we might ask ourselves - 'how can we generate happiness?' There are many ways to do this, some skillful and some not so skillful, but one sure way to get the desired result is to cultivate calmness.

If we are calm then happiness is sure to follow.