The lotus flower is one of my all time favorite flowers. It not only exhibits a beautiful shape and delicious seed pod, but it mirrors back to us our own transformational journey in life.
“The fully bloomed lotus can be interpreted as an awakened mind, which grows naturally toward the warmth and light of truth, love and compassion.
"Despite being born into dark, murky conditions, where hope for such beautiful life seems dubious, the lotus grows, rises above adversity. Ironically, this same dirty water washes it clean as it surfaces. As the lotus opens each petal to the air, not a stain or spot of mud remains externally. The inner lotus too, has never seen a drop of mud or dirty water. It is pure, and bright, and beautiful.”
(This text paraphrased with courtesy from withanopenheart.org)