No Mud – No Lotus

Over the years, I have become a religious believer in the concept of necessary suffering – that you cannot heal, grow, or be “conscious”, deeply self-aware, without suffering.

Thich Nhat Hahn, Buddhist monk and author – puts it this way:

“It’s like growing lotus flowers. You can’t grow lotus flowers on marble. You have to grow them on mud. Without mud, you can’t have a lotus flower. Without suffering, there’s no way to learn how to be understanding and merciful. So that’s my definition of the kingdom of God.” is not a place where there is no suffering, no suffering…”

For me it’s not a question of whether you believe in God (Source, Spirit or whatever you call a higher power), it’s not about religion or theology. and consciousness so that one can walk the planet daily from a place of inner peace and tranquility.

Buddha says:

“As a blue or white lotus is born in water,

grows and is not polluted by water,

So is the perfect person who grew up in the world,

got on top of the world

and it stands uncontaminated by it.

science of everything

The reason why the lotus flower is not polluted is its leaves. The leaves represent what’s known as the “Lotus effect” – the leaves are so structured that water forms beads up and down the leaves, preventing contamination from the flower. In fact, the leaves clean the lotus of actual or potential pollution.

According to Wikipedia, the science is this: “…due to high surface tensions, water droplets tend to minimize their surface while trying to achieve a spherical shape. When in contact with a surface, adhesion forces cause wetting of the surface: either full or due to the structure of the surface and the liquid of the droplet. Under-wetting may occur depending on the voltage. The reason for its self-cleaning feature is the hydrophobic water-repellent double structure of the surface.

nature of pollution

So think about your life – at work, at home, at play, and in a relationship. Do you encounter some form of “suffering” every day, shape or shape? Better yet, how do you face suffering on a daily basis? Most of us are. How can we manage not to be immersed in the dirty waters – literally and figuratively – of our past and immediate environment context?

The idea is that each of us grows up in the “mud” – an environment characterized by injury, abuse, criticism, judgment, abandonment, rejection, and the like – in an environment in which every family operates, every person is born. . It is human experience. The degree of pain can be different; but muddy environment is is there. Mud also represents painful childhood memories. Later in life, mud represents our momentary, real-world “suffering” that manifests in our life challenges – health, finances, social and living conditions, career, mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and psychological. relationships, social life, finance…

When we face our own suffering, when we realize it, when we are open to it, when we chew it, when we digest it, when we understand its purpose, when we metabolize it, instead of denying it and avoiding it, we grow, we become. more conscious, more conscious. When this happens, the suffering is still there, but when we understand the causes of suffering, how it causes us to grow, understand ourselves, and heal, the “burden” it used to have becomes less. The idea that you can suffer but you don’t have to suffer.”

Antidote to pollution

The growth of our individual Lotus, the Lotus, represents transformation – from pain to happiness, to love, to peace, to stillness in our lives – at work, at home, at play, and in a relationship.

When we do “work” to transform, we gain moments of clarity, insight, AHA, all of which point to the “purpose” of our pain, wounds, and challenges. Something changes in the process of understanding. Your attitudes, your reactions, your perspective. Where your focus is more on your Lotus, less mud.

By understanding our own suffering, we can begin to understand others as well – where love and compassion grow. Many of us resist getting in touch with our pain. However, we actually suffer less when we come into contact. We become Lotus.

That is the nature of Lotus. That is the nature of mud.

Therefore, some questions for self-reflection are:

Have you ever felt like a victim? So why? How does this show up in your life?

Has your suffering taught you anything/lesson? How? What did you see/learn?

What would it be like if you saw that your pain was not for you but for you?

Do you feel you are in control of your life? If not, why not?

Do you believe that change starts with you?

Do you tend to walk away from your discomfort? If so, what would it be like to embrace it? How do you feel when you consider this option?

To what extent (1-10) do you identify with mud, Lotus on a daily basis?

How did you experience pain as a child? Do you still carry the scars of that suffering with you? How?

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