Sometimes called the Sacred Lotus, this flower often symbolizes beauty, perfection, purity and grace. The lotus flower grows in muddy water, yet the dirt and mud fall off its leaves and petals, keeping it clean and pure. A lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises from water to stand above it unsoiled, raised in the world but having overcome the world, or living unsoiled by the world. In turn, the lotus is often viewed as a symbol of aspirations to rise towards the light. *
51,183 participants walked yesterday for the 14th Annual Susan Komen Walk for the Cure. 700+ teams of survivor family and friends and an epic energy for one cancer filled downtown STL. A veteran motorcyclist was individually saluting each survivor as she passed.
As we passed him, I wondered how many other folks like myself are facing some type of treatment for their own internal pain and offering daily prayer for good health and energy along with these 3000+ breast cancer survivors. I noticed parents, sisters, brothers, grandkids, spouses and those on the brink of being married, celebrate their loved one in pink clearly at their side through the fight and continued success. The morning hit me in a way I didn’t expect- 1. we all need a survivor team of dedicated love and support, and 2. cancer has a ripple effect.
Just as the melancholy began once again to set in, I looked to my right and saw I wasn’t alone. And I was ok.
In the evening, I was lucky enough to visit the profound and peaceful Chinese Lantern Festival. “Elaborate outdoor sets crafted of silk and steel celebrate Chinese culture through bold color, dazzling light and striking design.”**
The Lotus Flower exhibition felt timely after the morning of both powerful group energy and a silent internal reality. But once again, I wasn’t alone.
The Confucian scholar, Zhou Dunyi (1017-1073) wrote: “I love the lotus because while growing from mud, it is unstained.”
Cheers to the pink that surrounds us all! The ‘Warriors in Pink’ of Ford say, “Courage has many faces. And every one is beautiful.”.
So too are you.
* http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/things-to-do/events/special-exhibitions/lantern-festival/chinese-lantern-fun-facts.aspx ** http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/325267/105/14th-annual-Race-for-the-Cure-raises-more-than-24-million-