Rocky Mountain Pond Lily
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Like the lotus, important in eastern spiritual traditions, in which the flower symbolically rises with purity and clarity above the mess and mire of life's daily circumstances, the Rocky Mountain Pond Lily is rooted in mud, but it rises out of the murky depths to produce a clean blossom that abides on the surface of beaver ponds. Thus the admonition for meditation by the Zen teacher Karen Maezen Miller" "Sit still, just sit still and let the mud sink to the bottom. Your life rises up on a sturdy stalk and blooms on the surface like a lotus flower." Or like a Rocky Mountain Pond Lily. (The quotation is from Karen Maezen Miller, Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden (Novato, California: New World Library, 2014), p64.
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