So our next painting party is June 13th…Friday the 13th….and there is a full moon! I thought this was a perfect day to paint something that could have positive meaning for all of us. I wanted to share the meanings of our next painting which will be a lotus flower and a dragon fly.
PINK LOTUS FLOWER
The Lotus flower is generally associated with purity of the body, speech, and mind.
In Buddhist symbolism the lotus is very sacred. While rooted in the mud, its flowers blossom on long stalks as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire. It is also symbolic of detachment as drops of water easily slide off its petals.
One of the reasons that lotus flowers are considered so sacred is due to their daily cycle. They emerge slowly from dirty, muddy ponds over a period of a few days, and open fully in the morning, and close their petals in the late afternoon. Despite, emerging from such a muddy and dirty environment, the lotus flower remains clean. Some cultures see it as a sign of rebirth due to the fact that it returns to the muddy waters, only to reemerge for a new day.
The state that the pink lotus flower is in is also representative of the state that a person is going through and the flower represents ones heart; when the flower is a just a bud it is synonymous with a closed in person who has yet to expand their understanding of spirituality. As a flower blooms it comes to represent a person opening up to all that is around them. The fully opened pink lotus flower represents a full sense of enlightenment and someone who has reached Nirvana.
The dragonfly is generally associated with the symbolic meaning of transformation. Here are common meanings:
- Change and transformation
- Joy, lightness of being
- Symbol of the realm of emotions, invitation to dive deeper into your feelings
The dragonfly is characterized by amazing flight patterns as it appears to be able to change direction swiftly, gliding through the air with no apparent effort. Its lightness inspires people to use their ability to be flexible and highly adaptable in any situation.
Dragonflies start to grow in water and then move into the air and fly. When they show up in your life you may be called to transform and evolve. Symbol of metamorphosis and transformation, it inspires to bring about the changes needed in your life in order to go to reach your full potential.
When dragonflies show up in your life, it’s an indication that it’s time for change. Just like the dragonfly changes colors as it matures, you may be called to live and experience yourself differently. Stay open to the unfolding of your personal journey.
Come out and join us…to bring about a fresh start, and transformation.
Here are a few trial runs before my final painting example for the event! The first is in paint and the second oil pastel