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Meditating on opening my eyes to the wonderful things in life.

Buddhist Lotus Flower (Padma) According to Buddhist principles, the heart of a person who has not attained enlightenment is the embodiement of a lotus that has not blossomed yet. Once enlightenment has been reached their heart becomes a lotus in bloom. This is why depictions of Buddha often show him seated upon an open lotus flower.

The Buddha said that we are never separated from enlightenment. Even at the times we feel most stuck, we are never alienated from the awakened state. This is a revolutionary assertion. Even ordinary people like us with hangups and confusion have this mind of enlightenment called bodhicitta. The openness and warmth of bodhicitta is in fact our true nature and condition. Pema Chödron❤️☀️

Beautiful lapis mala beads. Notice the sun in the center of the palm, indicating the emanation of Qi. The Chinese call that point "Lao Gung" In SHEN therapy, we position that point quite precisely for physio-emotional release work. The Lao gung point is actually in the center of the palm. See for more info.