All proceeds for this yoga festival go to suicide prevention. I am so happy that I was asked to provide a painting to hang at the festival and it will be in the silent auction. This is a painting about resilience. It is very large 48x60. It is a lotus which is a sacred flower in yogic traditions.
So what is it about this mysterious blossom that people find so enrapturing? Its colorful bloom is an obvious suspect, but the lotus also has a life cycle unlike any other. With its roots based in mud, it submerges every night into murky river water, and—undeterred by its dirty environment—it miraculously re-blooms the next morning without residue on its petals.
Although cultures have their own interpretations of this daily process, there is a general consensus among ancient texts that it symbolizes spiritual enlightenment and rebirth. The lotus stunned people with its ability to dip into the grime and revive itself unscathed—an incredible daily cycle of life, death, and a sudden immaculate rebirth that can only be described as spiritual. It is no wonder the lotus is associated with such celestial symbolism—the flower simply defies logic.
I pray the essence of this lotus and the resilience of blossoming from the mud can trickle out to those in the community that feel hopeless, beat up, defeated. There is always the potential for rebirth and resilience. May we all support those that need us. May we recognize those who are in need of support and inspiration and may we have an impact on the rate of suicide in our communities and beyond.
thank you for tuning in . Thank you to Elizabeth , Bryan and Lori for asking me to be part of this amazing festival