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The Lotus Flower and the Power of Roots. February 16, 2012

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The lotus which grows in the muddy water of still ponds and lakes has been described over the centuries as a symbol of purity, enlightenment and divine birth. This magnificent blossom unfolds gradually, one petal at a time. As the flower awakens and starts blooming at the first rays of the morning sun, the interdependence between the lotus and the sun is a symbol of life.
In China the lotus flower represents creative power and purity in adverse surroundings. Chinese poets use lotus flowers to inspire people to continue moving through difficulties and to present their best part to the outside world, regardless of how bad the circumstances could be. In Buddhism the lotus flower symbolizes faithfulness. The golden lotus that is often mentioned in Buddhist sutras has several meanings including being a symbol for the achievement of enlightenment. In Hinduism the divine consciousness is the ultimate symbol that the lotus stands for.
Browsing through the local stores I discovered that in addition to symbolism and the beauty of the flower, every part of the lotus plant – seeds, leaves, and flowers as well as the roots – have long been respected in the East and now in the West for their medicinal and nutritional properties. For instance Lotus roots are an excellent source of vitamin C: 100 g provides 44 mg or 73% of daily recommended values. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant and it is required for the collagen synthesis in the body. Unlike in the West, Eastern and Hindu traditions make no distinction between food and medicine. According to the Eastern and Hindu tradition, food and medicine are from the same (Mother Earth) sources. In Eastern and Hindu cultures respect for the healing properties of food is integrated into the fabric of everyday cuisine.

Because of the qualities mentioned above, lotus flowers and their symbolism is highly praised in Yoga, Qi Gong, Feng Shui as well as in Eastern and Western art, music and poetry. For instance, the main goal in Feng Shui is to acquire, direct and nourish the Chi flow inside your home in a way that supports a good and powerful flow of Chi inside your body. It is worth it to take out any sick, negative, aggressive or low energy and create a home with a smooth, good quality Chi flow. The Feng Shui use of the flower symbol is based on the same universal feeling that flowers evoke the best qualities in all humans.
It is also well-known that Feng Shui pays attention to numbers, the symbolism of specific flowers as well as to colors. If you want to make your home more sustainable and healthy follow some professional media and contemporary designer’s reports.
By coincidence or on occasion urban designers sometimes emphasize “lotus like” pink and green colors. Also, according to the media and fashion prognosis, the Spring-Fall 2012 will be blooming in pastel mint, pink and flamingo colors as well as in honey gold, royal purple, bright green and tangerine orange.
So, bring flowers to your home, good quality food, create a space and enjoy the sun light and the freshness of the coming spring!

The Symbol of the lotus flower is the main symbol of Meditation practices that nourishes the body, mind and spirit as well as teaches how to keep your heart open and vibrant. Colors and sounds are often used for visual meditation and have a deep impact on the human nature. Powerful and good music can lift your spirit and strengthen the core of your existence.


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