The Lotus Flower by Sheryl Mays

Updated: Mar 17

Guest writer for "mynzdream" blog

Every individual has a story. Some stories are shorter, others much longer. Yet all have the same captivating quality as them. The ones with the most compelling details and true-to-life moments are those that leave a person begging for more than they turn towards the next chapter in their life. Most people know this from their own lives, but it’s also a truth that can be seen when looking into other cultures around the world or through literature and art–real stories never cease to fascinate us no matter how many times we hear them!

As I continue to hear and share incredible stories of authors around the globe, many of them bring me to the story of the Lotus Flower. “The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. The lotus flower is a magical flower, for it is rooted in mud, surrounded by water, and somehow finds a way to bloom and grow. ... A lotus is a survivor; it pushes its way through muddy waters and finds the sunlight.

The Lotus flower is regarded in many cultures, especially in eastern religions, as a symbol of purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration, and rebirth. Its characteristics are a perfect analogy for the human condition: even when its roots are in the dirtiest waters, the Lotus produces the most beautiful flower. (Binghamton. edu)

We all have a story. I have spent the past year and a half sharing stories of authors around the globe. Some of them are stories of abuse, molestation, domestic violence, suicide, illness, war, despair, depression, and loneliness. They have been to some dark places, first in reality and then in their minds. And as I hear each share from the darkest corners of their soul, my heart grows heavy, and yet I am elated. How can that be?

As children, they were betrayed by the caregivers planted in their life to protect them, as adults they carried that neglect and abuse into unhealthy relationships, and as authors, they use their voices to rise above their circumstances and let others know you are not defined by what happened to you. They open their hearts and release the hurt, anger, guilt, shame, and they find humor, love, and peace. Let us not think we are alone in this world when things go dark when those that we trust mistreat us and we don’t know how we will ever find sunlight.

Remember the story of the Lotus Flower, from the mud she rises to the sun and becomes the most beautiful flower, for each pedal is reborn from the depths of darkness into the beautiful light. It’s a survivor! Every person has the potential to become perfect and enlightened, and it is just a matter of time until each human reaches the light. Find your light!

Until the next time,

May you speak words of positivity, seek people that are open-minded, show daily gratitude, remain passionate about your desires, stay motivated into action and be an inspiration to others. And may your music always be heard!

Your Friend, Sheryl

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