The lotus flower is one of the most culturally significant plants across the world and throughout history. In Buddhism, the lotus represents clarity and purity of speech & mind as it rises out of clouded, still waters. In ancient Egypt, the lotus adorned the tombs of pharaohs as it was believed to give them the strength to pass through to the next life. The flower is also a living fossil, one of the oldest plants in the world. They survived for 14.5 million years, weathering even the ice age. To this very day there is so much we can learn from the strength and life cycle of the lotus flower.
Each night, the lotus is pulled under the water it blooms in by its intricate root system. It spends the night under murky water and is reborn each day with no residue or blemishes on its white blossom. This rebirth happens every single day of the flower’s life without fail. The flower gives us a masterclass in resilience. Even after natural disasters, such as the flooding of the Yangtze river in 1954 which killed all of the lotuses in the area, the little white blooms repopulate the area. Their seeds can survive hundreds of years without water, so even in dried rivers or after their root systems have been destroyed, there is always hope that the lotus blossoms will return.
This spring has been tumultuous, you may feel as though you have not bloomed in the way that you should have. We’ve spent a long time under some murky waters. You may feel that your root system has been unearthed. If the lotus flower teaches us anything, it’s that you can always be reborn and that you can always put down new, stronger roots.