No Mud, No Lotus


Occasionally, I don’t have words to write on my art. I allow the image to speak on it’s own. That was the case with these lotuses. Lately, I’ve been obsessing on lotus flowers. Their symbolism is so powerful and beautiful. And although, I didn’t write a message on the canvas, I do have some favorite quotes to share:

“It’s like growing lotus flowers. You cannot grow lotus flowers on marble. You have to grow them on the mud. Without mud you cannot have lotus flowers. Without suffering, you have no way to learn how to be understanding and compassionate.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“As the lotus rises on its stalk unsoiled by the mud and water, so the wise one speaks of peace and is unstained by the opinions of the world.” – Buddha

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.”
Masaru Emoto, Secret Life of Water
“On the path of self-realization, there is no one big awakening, but many along the way of varying degrees: some small, some big; and each one
of them is like the lotus flower, which grows out of muddy
Ora Nadrich, Live True: A Mindfulness Guide to Authenticity
Watch me create this colorful lotus painting this week in Mixed Media Play Date, hosted by Tiare Smith.
May you bloom like the lotus,
Jackie Barragan


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