“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds aremade under pressure.”
~ Peter Marshall
Force helps us to grow.
Just as the oak tree stands tall against the wind, & coal transforms under force, so does the salmon swim against the current, & the caterpillar evolve into a butterfly.
The lotus flower starts its life in the mud. It uses its natural strength to push through the sludge, & is then faced with the challenge to grow within the water, in order to reach the surface, where it is greeted by the warmth of the sun.
The beauty of a lotus flower has been mystifying people for thousands of years, & its strength & ability to elegantly rise above challenges is an inspiration to many, including myself.
Buddhism holds the lotus flower in a very high regard, in fact, the mantra ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ means ‘the jewel is in the lotus’.
I first discovered the symbolism of the lotus when I was reading ‘A Lotus Grows In The Mud’, by Goldie Hawn – one of my heroes. And ever since, this magical flower has played a crucial part in my life, spiritually, mentally & artistically.
We can learn from the lotus flower – it can teach us how to live our lives.
And, maybe most importantly, we can see the lotus flower within ourselves.
We have all grown through hard times; the mud.
We have all risen above challenges; the water.
And, we all have the ability to reach the surface; the light.
I’ll finish with another quote:
“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering. … The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. … Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one. “
~ Goldie Hawn, ‘A Lotus Grows In The Mud’
Keep Smiling 🙂
P.S Thanks to My Smiling Heart reader, Renee, for sharing the Peter Marshall quote on Facebook, which inspired this post 🙂