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Be the lotus flower

Lotus in Lake Sebu by Jojie Alcantara

Lotus in Lake Sebu by Jojie Alcantara

“From within the lotus flower grows, up through the mud and the muck bypassing all that threatens to taint its emerging beauty and glory. Then it springs forth without spot or stain opening to the world around it to become a new light unto all that lay their eye upon it. This is the lotus flower and it comes from within you, it is the flower of the Buddha, your inner Buddha.” –Venerable Retsuzen Shikata 2011

“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering. … The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. … Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one. ” ― Goldie Hawn

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