No Mud…No Lotus Written by Cheryl Crawford on December 23, 2013.(inspiration from Thich Nhat Hanh)‘No mud, no lotus’, What does this imply? That without suffering There can be no blue sky.Without the grit There is no pearl. We must wake from the dullness Let’s give it a whirl.Acknowledge your suffering Without tendency to dwell From that acceptance Work like Alexander Graham Bell.Invent communication With joy and with wonder, From the mired suffering That is present down under.Thich Nhat Hanh said “There is the mud, And there is the lotus That grows out of the mud.We need the mud In order to make the lotus.” We need to be mindful Our breath needs to be noticed.Out of this awareness, Compassion may arise We can perform social action Without travel or supplies.Practice Lotus Breath To remind yourself to bloom~ Even in the midst of muddy thoughts Where it feels like doom and gloom.Press pinky side edges together, And thumb side edges as well. Expand the rest of your hands away from each other To resemble the lotus that swells.Inhale, raise up your lotus flower As you squeeze your elbows straight. Exhale, release your hands out to the sides Then back into lotus at heart space.Use your entire inhalation To stretch your arms up straight. Use your full exhalation To circumnavigate.Use the sound of your breath To remind you of your focus. Your mindfulness is work~ That is no hocus pocus.Lotus seeds sprout In the dark murky pools Lotus stems grow upwards Towards the sky’s biggest jewel.May this Mantra ‘No Mud No Lotus’ do wonders To practice our blooming From our blips and our blunders.