There are seven sets of thirty seven qualities all used to achieve enlightenment. They are the four frames of reference, four right exertions, four bases of power, five faculties, five powers, seven factors of enlightenment, and the eightfold path.
There are seven factors of enlightenment. They include mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, relaxation, concentration, and equanimity. They are balanced by the five hindrances known as sensual pleasure, ill will, sloth, worry, and doubt. Almost everyone will experience the five hindrances during meditation, but being mindful allows for the hindrances to be balanced by the enlightenment factors.
Meditation can be challenge in today's face paced society. However, yoga makes it easy by allowing the mind to concentrate on the asanas, or yoga poses. Another tip is to focus on a dristi, or focal point. This is a great technique for balance poses such as tree and eagle.Using a visual such also helps steady the mind.
Distractions might arise, but this is to be expected when in deep concentration. However, some yogis claim that when in a deep enough meditative trance, the body eventually desensitizes. Then it is no longer possible to hear the honking of a horn or smell the food cooking.
Being mindful means knowing that when the body becomes sluggish, more energy is needed. When the mind fills with worry, relaxation becomes a priority. Fortunately there are only five hindrances and seven factors of enlightenment, putting the odds in favor of enlightenment.