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Finding the Lotus Within
“First of all, accept yourself. When you do not accept yourself and imagine yourself to be someone different, a conflict arises between what you believe you are and what you really are.”
— Swami Prajnapad
Dear Readers of Mindfully Speaking,
Welcome to spring. As always, we would like to express gratitude to our talented writers, who have offered some lovely pieces this last month, and, also, to our readers.
It’s hard to believe it’s been a full year now since we entered this strange era of the pandemic. While hope feels like it is glimmering on the horizon, it will be interesting, as we begin to reemerge, to see how we have all been altered by this time.
In Eastern Philosophy, the lotus is often used as a symbol of purity and goodness emerging from the muck and mud of daily life. I suspect that we will all emerge from this time of isolation with a little clearer understanding of our own essences, and, like the lotus, we will find that we’ve blossomed.
Without the constant bombardment of interactions with the people who used to populate our daily lives — ranging from people like our officemates, to the people we might have engaged with during our commutes to work, to our students and fellow practitioners of yoga or meditation — we might find ourselves being a little truer to finding what actually nourishes and sustains us. Maybe we’ve let go of a few things which we used to grudgingly devote time and energy to before, because we used to feel that we had to do these things, but now we can see how unnecessary they were all along.
Personally, I have narrowed the scope of people with whom I regularly engage. And, as a result, I feel like the authentic relationships which I have really wanted to preserve have grown so much deeper. I’m guessing that many of you have done the same.
The quote above, by Swami Prajnapad, really says it all. When we imagine ourselves to be different — maybe because of the way we have interacted with the world around us, or because we have felt that we had to be a certain way to fit in — we might find ourselves in conflict.
We’re curious to hear from you this month about your personal discoveries. Do you feel like you are truer to yourself than you were before the pandemic? Do you feel less social pressure to appear to be a certain way? What have you let go of? Was it a difficult process? Oftentimes growth and introspection shake things up a bit, altering our relationships not just with ourselves but also with those we are closest to. As our writing prompt for this month, we’d love for you to share your stories with us.
If you are not already a writer for Mindfully Speaking, but would like to be, please add a comment to this newsletter and I (Erika Burkhalter) will respond. You can also contact either of the other two main editors, Sylvia Clare MSc. Psychol or Ann Litts.
We are excited to welcome our new writers. We know you will enjoy reading their pieces.
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We, your Mindfully Speaking editors, wish you a glorious spring (or early fall if you are in the southern hemisphere) filled with creativity, compassion and new perspectives.
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