{1.31} All these interruptions produce one or more of the following symptoms:

mental discomfort,

negative thinking,

the inability to be at ease in different body postures,

and difficulty in controlling one's breath.

{1.32} If one can select an appropriate means to steady the mind and practice this, whatever the provocations, the interruptions cannot take root.

{1.33} In daily life we see people around who are happier than we are,people who are less happy.

Some may be doing praiseworthy things and others causing problems.

Whatever may be our usual attitude toward such people and their actions,

if we can be pleased with others who are happier than ourselves,

compassionate toward those who are unhappy,

joyful with those doing praiseworthy things,

and remain undisturbed by the errors of others,

our mind will be very tranquil.

{1.34} The practice of breathing exercises involving extended exhalation might be helpful

{1.35} By regular inquiry into the role of the senses we can reduce mental distortions

{1.36} When we inquire into what life is and what keeps us alive, we may find some solace for our mental distractions.

{1.37}When we are confronted with problems, the counsel of someone who has mastered similar problems can be a great help.

{1.38} Inquiry into dreams and sleep and our experiences during or around these states can help to clarify some of our problems.

 

 

{1.39}Any inquiry of interest can calm the mind