The pure lotus flower and the meaning it symbolizes for. Get it closer to mediation!
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Lotus seeds deeply in mud, rises through water and blossoms gloriously under the sun. It’s what we see about this flower every summer.
But after admiring its beauty, have you ever asked yourself the meaning lying behind? You must have seen lotus in leaflets of Buddhism, Hinduism and Yoga class. Guided meditation also symbolized itself with lotus.
What is the deep message it conveys and how people make it to lotus flower mediation?
The Meaning of Lotus in Religions
Not only in mediation but far in the past, lotus was considered a flower of purity, beauty, and enlightenment. Especially, in some religions and cultures, lotus has soon set its importance.
For your information, Buddha is found sitting on top of a lotus. And if you read materials about Buddha, you’ll know they described he coming to life with lotus rising under his feet.
Lotus is attached with an image of the highest in Buddhism so this flower must imply important meaning.
Because of how lotus grows from the mud, it is believed to represent purity and bright sides out of mud or sufferings. The flower comes from mud but its scent never stinks a bit of dirt. It has broken all layers of suffering and busted out freely and shiningly every morning.
The Lotus in Hinduism
In Hinduism, the god Brahma is said to come out from a lotus. And in this religion, beauty always has some resemblances to the divine beauty of this flower.
Like Buddhism, lotus in Hinduism is also considered a sign of refreshment and rebirth.
Lotus flower in Ancient Egypt
Creation and rebirth are what ancient Egypt believed in this flower.
Practice lotus flower meditation
Inspired from the powerful and refreshing message from the flower, lotus flower meditation is a practice to help us with relaxing, finding ourselves, committing with our own and keeping us unsullied from negative energy.
Here comes how we practice it.
Your body is supposed to build up like a lotus.
You sit down with straight spine, your legs cross over each other by the ankles so that the feet face up to the sky. They are presenting petals of lotus while your body is the center.
Now, the arms will rest on knees very gently.
By sitting like this, your whole body will feel totally balanced but also as relaxed as a flower. No stress or tension, so your mind can also rest.
Now, close your eyes and take a slow deep breath.
Image your heart a lotus with many layers of petals.
When breathing in, you open all petals.
When breathing out, you put all your thoughts and concerns, loves and cares about each petal.
Your thoughts are always layered and complicated like that but this time, by dividing them into petals, you will see them more clearly, think about them more thoroughly.
By practice lotus flower meditation, you are supposed to find your inner side, your sincere care and love deep inside.
With a positive inspiration, lotus flower meditation helps people to put themselves at peace, rise out of suffering to see inner beauty. That’s also what lotus works on every morning.
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