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Directions (1-5): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words in the passage have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Awareness is a mirror reflecting the four elements. Beauty is a heart that generates love and a mind that is open. The moments during the day of looking in a mirror can be moments of deep awareness. The mirror can serve as a tool for cultivating mindfulness so that we develop a broad capacity to understand love others.
Anyone who maintains awareness becomes beautiful and emanates peace, joy and happiness. A calm half-smile and a loving heart are refreshing, allowing miracles to unfold. The Buddha’s smile is beautiful as it expresses tolerance, compassion and loving kindness.
In traditional cultures, the four great elements were earth, water, fire and air. The Vietnamese poet True Vu wrote, the flower, whose fragrance is ephemeral, is made if the four elements. Your eyes, shining with love, are also made of the four elements. The poet is saying that the four elements are neither mind nor matter. They are the universe itself revealed to us. When your mind is the clear mirror of meditative awareness, you will know that you are the outward expression of the essence of reality.
So please smile. Smile with your eyes, not just with your lips. Smile with your whole being, reflecting the four elements in the mirror of mindful awareness. Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. Smile, breathe and go slowly. Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is the only moment.