Laughing Lotus's Cheerful Rendition of the Lotus Flower
We’ve all heard the slogans: “You’ve got to have rainy days in order to have sunny ones,” “It’s always darkest before the dawn,” you get the picture. Sometimes, those words can feel empty, especially when living in the prior part of those sayings. But I find that applying a yogic visual to seemingly empty words can add valence and credence to an important life lesson.
The Lotus Flower is a particularly potent visual and myth. The lotus grows in only the muddiest, dirtiest, messiest, slipperiest places…all characteristics that we tend to want to avoid in life. Yet the flower itself, that which grows from the mud, is actually quite gorgeous. It is, in essence, an improvement on an otherwise nasty-lookin situation. The flower provides a type of retrospective hope.
Yet knowing the myth can actually enlighten us with a prospective hope, a hope in which we can see the mud, sit in it, and then plant a seed. It won’t look pretty right away, but eventually, the petals begin to grow, and newness begins to open up into an unexpectedly gorgeous flower.
And if you get anything out of this post, please at least take from it the understanding that the Lotus is representative of more than the tattoo on the stereotypical yogi’s spine ;)
There’s no need to wait for the bad things and bullshit to be over. Change now. Love now. Live now. Don’t wait for people to give you permission to live, because they won’t.
Whatever comes, let it come. What stays, let it stay. What goes, let it go.
I focused on a new mantra: Be of service. Because if you make that your goal, you will succeed, and you will leave feeling good about yourself for having done so.