It’s summer. I live a very regimented life constantly with one eye on my watch and one on my calendar. I’m the logistics manager of my household. Nearly every sentence out of my mouth begins with “time to…..” But now I don’t have to review to do lists like a drill sergeant. We can stay up later, sleep in, no lunches to make and free time. Unscheduled and unstructured free time. A rare commodity in the month of August through May. But it’s tempting to sit at home in front of Netflix binge watching House of Cards with Blue Bell ice cream. No. Though it is scorching outside here in South Florida I will break out the Asics Nimbus and go for a run every morning. I will organize those dark recesses of my house that are neglected during the school year; the laundry room shelves, the bottom of the linen closet, the shoe space under my clothes. I will unearth these spaces as an archaeologist with a new tomb to exhume. Vacation is around the corner with another frantic pace to endure but for now there might be a few extra House of Cards.
The Lotus Flower
In Buddhist symbolism the lotus is symbolic of purity of the body, speech, and mind as while rooted in the mud, its flowers blossom on long stalks as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire. It is also symbolic of detachment as drops of water easily slide off its petals.
I love that. Unfortunately if you search for Lotus Flowers on Pinterest you’ll find it is also a really popular tattoo. Not sure they grasp the full meaning.
I like the idea of blooming in adversity and staying just above the mud. It’s my go to imagery when things aren’t going well for me. I remind myself that I will bloom best in adversity and my goals are to stay above the mud and bloom.
The stage of growth the lotus flower is in represents a different stage of enlightenment. A closed lotus flower represents the time before a Buddhist follower found Buddha or enlightenment. A lotus flower fully bloomed and open represents full enlightenment and self-awareness.
I’m not a Buddhist but I like to think that I’m a seeker of enlightenment. Maybe not so much in the Zen meaning but in the real, applicable way my life unfolds. I seek enlightenment in parenting better, teaching better, running better, eating better and loving better. I’m nowhere near finding that enlightenment but like the Louts Flower, I practice everyday at finding it while staying above the mud and blooming where I am.
I’m the lotus flower yet to open.