On Tuesday June 15th, 2021, it was announced that New York State was lifting most of the Covid Restrictions after 472 days of lockdown. During the last several months of restrictions, I took this opportunity to obtain another 200-hour yoga teacher certification. For those of you that are not familiar with yoga, the “Lotus” pose is one of the fundamental yoga postures. For some reason, when this announcement was made, my mind went to that of the Lotus Flower. A cherished symbol across Eastern traditions and other cultures, this flower grows naturally in ponds. The Lotus grows by rooting in mud and murky water until it breaks the surface and in time blooms in the sun to a whole and most beautiful flower of shades of pink or soft vibrate whites. The Lotus Flower, because of its unique transformation is a symbol of enlightenment, purity, triumph over obstacles and rebirth. The Lotus Flower, a striking parallel to all that we have endured during this pandemic. The Lotus blossom is the embodiment of our spiritual awakening that fills us with hope, strength, love, and wisdom. Like the Lotus Flower, we have emerged with significant insight, knowledge and understanding of this life and beyond. May we always remember to open ourselves completely to the fullness of our own blossom knowing that everything we want, we already are.
I hope to see you in the fall at the Assembly Hall. My love to you all.
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