The nun Mahapajapati [Siddhartha's maternal aunt and stepmother] said to the Buddha, "Lord, please show compassion and explain how I may best make quick progress on the path of liberation."
The Buddha answered, "Nun Mahapajapati, the most important thing is to take hold of your own mind. Practice observing the breath and meditate on the body, feelings, mind, and objects of mind. Practicing like that, each day you will experience a deepening of humility, ease, detachment, peace, and joy. When those qualities arise, you can be sure you are on the correct path, the path of awakening and enlightenment."