There was once a beautiful lotus, bright and healthy. It had a 100 petals to boast and had the most unique, luxurious fragrance. Everyone that laid eyes on it fell in love and admired the purity and divinity it had come to project.
This fully grown lotus was now self-aware and began to comprehend what it had become, what it was becoming and what it represented. It started to interact with its environment in a new, confident way and couldn't believe the grace within it.
In the process of self-inspection, it noticed that its stem reached far into the mud below. It looked at the mud and saw dark, murky waters. Its roots were dug deep into unclear still water surrounded by insects, fish, muck and rough conditions.
This realization upset the lotus. How could one so beautiful still be associated with one so dirty and filthy? Oh yes, the lotus looked down upon the mud in more than one way. It started to find fault with the mud, suggesting and demanding that the mud change its ways. Clean up its act and become worthy of the association.
The mud around the lotus tried, some of it cleaned itself, some of it suppressed itself far out of sight. Parts of the lotus were now in pure clean water but the lotus was not happy. The mud kept surfacing, it was in a continuous state of confusion and so was the lotus.
Over time, the lotus withered away and died. It was the only one that didn't live to see another season. The other lotuses flourished and went on to feed and heal so many. Every other lotus except this one lived for thousands of years.
A lotus that doesn't appreciate mud isn't going to thrive or survive. A lotus that demands and insists the mud change itself instead of focusing on just being won't fulfil its purpose.
In our lives 'the mud' represents our past actions, where we come from, who we were, other conscious beings that coexist or situations that have come to pass or may come to pass in the future.
'The mud' has a part to play in our becoming. It is connected to us but we are not it. Mistaking ourselves to be interchangeable leads to lowering of our personal energy and obstructing not only ourselves but also 'the mud' form fulfilling its cosmic purpose.
Call it contrast or karmic seeds, 'the mud' in our lives are great teachers and guides if we let them be. They can be nourishing and a form of protection if we allow them to be what they are without getting entangled with their existence.
Each of us is the lotus and each of us come from 'the mud'. Our daily practice should be only in showing up to fulfil our purpose, in bettering ourselves, in healing and being of service to others.
Which lotus will you be? The one that doesn't see another season or the ones that live a thousand years and flourish.
Written with Love,
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