This month welcomes the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. Since December we’ve rejoiced as each day brought a little more daylight. Winter is now behind us.

Did it seem to take forever?

And what about the “winter of your grief”? Was it the longest year (or years) of your life? Maybe you’re still there. In the darkness of grief, feeling like it will never end. Light is a long way off.

Take hope as we learn lessons of life, resilience, and survival from the Lotus flower.

Did you know that lotus flowers are living fossils? Their seeds have survived every climate extreme, from the Ice Age to scorching sun and heat. They survive in a multitude of soils and regions.

But the lotus thrives best in muddy murky river water. The muddier and darker the water, the more beautiful the lotus flower when it emerges each morning to greet the sun.

At night, the flower bloom closes and sinks into the murk. But in the morning the long sturdy, leafless stalk rises to the surface holding the flower above the water. The waxy covering on the petals keeps the mud and muck from weighing it down.

It’s a perfect narrative from nature. A daily cycle of life, death, and rebirth. A parable of resilience and survival.

Are your nights dark and murky with longing, memories, and grief? How do you choose to greet the morning?

One of the things I do nearly every morning is Simple System Embodied©

I ask:

1. What state am I in (physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually)? Whatever I notice first is what I choose to question.
(Example: If I’m achy, it’s a physical state. If I’m foggy-headed, it’s a mental state. Anxious or fearful, then emotional. Or if my heart feels closed, it’s spiritual.)
2. How old do I feel? (Little child, teenager, young adult, adult)
3. What would I like to have happen?

You might try this simple system too. See if it helps you reset and revive. To shift from night to day and embrace new possibilities.

Or consider writing in your journal about the lessons you’ve gleaned from the lotus flower. How can they be applied to your grief journey? What’s helped you slough off the murky death of loss into a new day? Describe your emergence from raw grief to fragile grief, and finally to gentle grief.

Please feel free to hit reply and share what lessons you’ve learned from the lotus flower’s cycle of life, death, and rebirth.

And most importantly, remember that no matter what state of grief, you’re never alone. 

Love all around, above, below, to the left and to the right, before you and behind you,

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