The morning after Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, my husband and I found a panel blown off from our screened porch. We had someone look at it and we found out there was no structural integrity to the way the screened porch was built. After the initial gasp of ‘Oh no’ and then ‘Oh Thank God’ (it never collapsed before), I had a gleam that this was now going to be a space I had always to create — a place for people to come, share, learn and grow.
At our very first gathering in January 2013, a few people brought up the idea about naming the new space. The butterfly has always been (and still is) an important symbol for me, signaling transformation. Since the beginning of 2013, it feels like everywhere I looked, I saw the lotus flower. I was first very moved by a line in Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet: “The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus with countless petals” and it seemed from that point, every where I turned, I would see, feel or hear about the lotus.
The lotus is a very important symbol in many religious and spiritual traditions, especially Hinduism and Buddhism. And it is a powerful symbol for how we all unfold in our spiritual journey towards truth and illumination, emerging from the muddy water which is essential in the process of purification. As Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hahn once said, “No mud, no lotus”.
The most exciting aspect of the (lotus) unfolding is that you get to know who you really are and can live life with gusto and immense joy. There is nothing that feels more alive than to know who you really are and live from that place!
And that is what this space is about. It’s about personal growth and unfoldment in body, mind and spirit. Unfoldment of the soul can take work and my sincere desire is to create a Sacred Lotus Space where we all approach the work with courage, integrity and trust.