Such a great information and I've been looking for this.. That was pretty cool, there is a song by Radiohead called Lotus Flower, it talks about symbolism too. Proper read! Thanks for your lovely article. I have a spiritual women's group called G.
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All new! Get to know your unique character strengths with the latest VIA Reports. Holding up a card from a woman whose husband, the father of their 4 year old son, had suffered a stroke, my yoga teacher Susan reverently opened class. In many traditions, the lotus flower symbolizes purification of mind, body and speech; of awakening and letting go. It embodies resilience, as rain from dark clouds slides easily off its petals and it opens itself to the sunshine that follows. In each pose we practiced mindfully observing and making peace with the darkness beneath the lotus—our fear, sadness, anger and other difficult sensations so that we could release them. We experienced the visceral lotus within our own bodies. Embracing the muddy, murky waters of loss, failure, disappointment or other negative emotions each of us encounters in life is easier said than done. How do we cultivate our own metaphorical lotus flowers and emerge triumphantly from the darkness, you may ask? As I pondered the lotus, I was reminded of similar work I do with my coaching clients.
Now more than ever we need to be able to draw on what helps us thrive despite rapid change and uncertainty. You may even find yourself asking parents or grandparents about how they survived times of hardship. What I have learned through my own experiences and listening to the stories of others is that adversity is a given.
It takes a certain level of maturity to be reached in order to really understand the importance of being understanding towards others. A good habit to get into is to always treat others the way you want to be treated. Practicing gratitude each day is very important for your overall happiness. If we are never grateful for what we have, how can we ever feel satisfied? The key is to be thankful for all that is good, grateful that things are not worse, and hopeful for the future. Everyone has gone through some sort of struggles in their life. Suffering is inevitable across the globe, throughout all creatures. All on different levels, all having different effects. However, each individual deals with their suffering in unique ways, some maybe not at all. I love the comfort that the symbolism behind the lotus flower brings.