Lotus Flower Rises Above
Life is a lotus flower that rises above sufferings of the past in order to prepare for the future.
– Phyllis Doyle Burns
With events worldwide threatening humanity, our way of life, our very existence, more people are looking within to embrace their potential, wisdom, and spirituality. Words that lift our spirits, (purity, devotion, ascension, enlightenment, and rebirth ), are no longer only for the spiritually adept – they are common thoughts among those who live a life of love, kindness and hope for a better world. Like the many petals of the lotus flower, there are many layers that make up who we are as individuals and as a collective civilization.
Underneath all those layers is a core nature, the very essence of who we are, our most important qualities. Those qualities are expressed in thoughts spoken or written out. Like seeds, those expressions can last for centuries as words of wisdom to help others learn and grow emotionally and spiritually, with love and compassion for all creation. Seeds of the lotus flower were found in ancient Egyptian tombs. After over 3000 years, the seeds were still able to grow and produce beautiful flowers, just as the inspirational words of a poet can last for generations.
Regardless of how we were raised, once we are old enough to have a mind of our own we have the ability to open our hearts and find our own path of truths. If we have experienced an abusive relationship, we have the ability to leave and live a life of love and beauty, just as a lotus flower rises above struggles of the past to become a symbol of peace, love and self-awareness.
The lotus plant is unattached to its environment, for it roots in mud and pushes up through murky water to set its bloom high above, where it is pure and unstained, to become a vision of elegance and beauty. We can do the same. To become unattached to that which was negative and not right for us, learn from it, then rise above it all is the mark of a beautiful mind, heart, and soul.
“One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus is untouched by water.”
– Bhagavad Gita
© 2017 Phyllis Doyle Burns