01 Jan No Mud, No Lotus
The Lotus Flower symbolically represents a human being’s growth, potential and creation. The lotus flower rests on the surface of the water, requiring its roots to go deep into the mud below, so that it can rise to the surface and unfold into its beauty as we see it, the lotus flower.
While life itself ebbs and flows and I can reflect back to many years that were murky and challenging…I even named my business after just getting through one of the muddiest years of my life, I liken 2016 to one of those years. Personally, I moved into the year covered in mud, and it felt more like I was sinking into it, rather than floating above it. I was unclear how the year would unfold, and as I reflect on its happenings, I am aware that 2016, while murky in some ways, was spacious in so many others. Thanks to the slimy, gritty, and tenacious mud that was sitting just below the surface, 2016 provided me with an opportunity to connect to what is most important, it forced me to go deep and align myself with the people, experiences and opportunities value the same thing. This year I am so grateful for the time and space of alignment. I feel more connected to the surface of the water, aware of the murkiness that inevitably waits below to present itself when it is ready, however, the light too, presents itself when you allow yourself to go into the dark. This year the light was in the community of family, friends, students, colleagues and professionals who helped reflect it back.
Moving into 2017, I believe this year is a year of alignment. Like the lotus flower that rests on the surface of the water, I too feel like this past year as allowed me to sit on the surface of the water, to look underneath the surface at the murkiness below, and to use it to grow, upward, onward and into the light.
I believe now more than ever, we need to spend time with other individuals who are in alignment with our values, so that we can mirror our own light onto each other. The mud does not leave us, nor does the light, the practice is in the willingness to go under and rise above, over and over again.
“NO MUD, NO LOTUS Both suffering and happiness are of an organic nature, which means they are both transitory; they are always changing. The flower, when it wilts, becomes the compost. The compost can help grow a flower again. Happiness is also organic and impermanent by nature. It can become suffering and suffering can become happiness again.” – Thich Nhat Hanh