This lotus flower pendant has a very simple and significant message.

Take the mud (or s–t, if you rather) – and turn it into something beautiful.

All those challenges? Those situations and obstacles that you really didn’t want to face – but did? That just means you have more fertilizer for your flower. The blossom will bloom – sometimes, it just takes a little longer, and requires more fertilizer, than we anticipate. Here’s how Thich Nhat Hanh explains this Buddhist teaching:

“Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness grow. There can be no lotus flower without the mud.”

Or more simply,

“No mud, no lotus.”

Check out my Etsy shop for a similar lotus necklace with “No mud, no lotus” written on the back.

Lotus flower pendant


lotus flower pendant in bronze.

Each lotus flower pendant is different. I created a mold so that I could replicate the design, yet each one turns out a bit different. This is how I like it. Each flower in nature is also a tad different, even if you have to get really close to try to find any differences. Doesn’t that sound like a great way to spend a morning – staring a lotus flowers, comparing their beauty?

The butterfly is another common symbol of transformation, for good reason. Those little critters basically turn themselves into goo and recreate themselves as lightweight airplanes, using the metamorphosed parts of a sturdy little tanker. Someday, I hope to create some butterfly symbols that are evocative without being obvious. Speaking of obvious …

Lotus flowers and yoga

It is easy to see why yoga and lotus flowers seem to go hand in hand, at least when you look at business logos! Anyone who practices yoga for a serious length of time learns it isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. Sometimes, it feels hard!  You’re covered in gunk (although it usually your own sweat, not mud or anything worse!) and don’t know if it is ever going to get any better. But you keep at it. You keep trying. And every so often, you experience a little burst or blossom of that happiness and joy that we all seek, with the added satisfaction of knowing it wasn’t a random fluke. You turned that shit into fertilizer, and grew into something more beautiful than ever.


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