I have always been drawn to the Lotus Flower. The brightness, the clarity of it’s edges, the warmth and it’s flawless beauty, it’s always ‘spoken’ to my heart.
When I first saw the quote, “No Mud, No Lotus”, I had no idea what it meant until I heard the story of how the Lotus flowers blooms:
The lotus flower is a beautiful flower that can be found all over the world. But the start of this flowers life is not as beautiful is one might image. It’s unlike many other flowers. When the lotus first begins to sprout, it is under water, making its home in lakes and ponds in areas where the water remains fairly still on the surface. But underneath the surface, the lotus is surrounded by mud and muck and by fish, by insects, and simply dirty, rough conditions
Despite these conditions, the lotus flower maintains strength, and pushes aside each of these dirty obstacles as it makes its way to clearer surfaces. At this time, the lotus is still just a stem with only a few leaves, and a small flower pod. But in time, the stem continues to grow, and the pod slowly surfaces above the water, into the clean air, finally freeing itself from the harsh life conditions below. It is then that the lotus slowly opens each beautiful petal to the sun, basking in the worldly beauty surrounding it. The lotus flower is ready to take on the world. Despite being born into dark, murky conditions, where hope for such beautiful life seems dubious, the lotus grows, rises above adversity. Ironically, this same dirty water washes it clean as it surfaces. As the lotus opens each petal to the air, not a stain or spot of mud remains externally. The inner lotus too, has never seen a drop of mud or dirty water. It is pure, and bright, and beautiful.
To me this all signifies the process of healing. When we are each at our own personal rock bottom emotionally we have essentially hit a place in our life where we feel helpless or hopeless and see no point of continuing on with this inner struggle and pain.
We have to first acknowledge that this exact state we are in is the foundation for the potential to grow into our own, despite the ‘mud’ which is our suffering. We have to look our suffering in the eye and challenge ourselves to heal.
The process of healing after we have acknowledged the pain does not go away quickly or easily, it is only when the journey begins. However if we can keep in mind that it will all be worth something, that we, like the lotus will grow into a beautiful spiritual being, it will make it all worthwhile.
So when you feel like giving up or feel as though you have reached a point in your life where sadness, depression, rejection, heartbreak or addiction has taken over your soul, think of the Lotus Flower and remember we are all stuck in the same mud, just different circumstances. You are not alone and you are beautiful and the world needs to see you bloom so that when others are stuck you can remind them and guide them on their journey out of the dark.