This post is the final installment in our 40 Simple Steps Series. I hope you've enjoyed them! I know you can find value here too, for the simplest step of all is the knowledge that within these words you are meeting and greeting your own true self.
In the East, the lotus flower is viewed as a symbol of spiritual unfoldment.
This unfolding is the goal of reaching toward the eighth limb of yoga, Samadhi.
She sits on a fully blossomed lotus flower, symbolizing purity, beauty and everything that is good.
Om Mani Padme Hum, meaning, "Hail to the Jewel in the Lotus" is the sacred mantra of the Tibetans.
The meaning behind the lotus flower's use is beautifully articulated in the following poem by Swami Kriyananda, a teacher I studied with as a result of my introduction to the work of his teacher, Swami Paramahansa Yogananda in his book Autobiography of a Yogi.
May you breathe in peace as you read...
Todays Simple Step
and the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
never glimpsing the truth.
with our love
are you one of them?
May they lead you to your destination "home" and bring you to your happiness.
As you leave this year behind - and embrace all that is present before you - the spirit in me salutes the spirit in you!