Mantra of the Mandala for May by Patricia Fitzgerald, Irish Mandala Artist, Healing Creations.
Ascension of the Lotus
The central piece of the mandala is reminiscent of a Lotus flower blooming. One of the most interesting symbolic aspects of this plant is how it comes to life. Typically the lotus (often known as the water lily) is born from deep murk and mire. From the darkest mucky muddy waters, this brilliant blossom emerges. It is the metaphor for life as we know it.
Things happen in all of our lives, both good a bad. Most of us at some stage get thrown a curve ball. It is what we make of that situation that counts. We have two choices. We can crawl under our misery, never lifting our heads to the light that beckons us. That is option one. Or there is option two; we can be like the lotus. We can make the best of a bad situation and work through it and rise above it. Lotus flower meanings are all about aspiring to express, to live, to share beauty. To move through the darkness and murk and out into the light. We can use this lesson in both the bigger and the smaller areas of our lives.
Patricia studied Visual Education and Communication at Dun Laoghaire College of Art & Design (IADT) and holds a first class honours degree in Philosophy and Sociology from University College, Dublin. Her first book Healing Creations: Discover your mindful self through mandala colouring and journaling was published in September 2016 by The Collins Press. She hosts workshops on the art of mandala and meditation both in Ireland and abroad.
© Patricia Fitzgerald