I have been putting the finishing touches to my yoga mat working on the lotus flower. I was using the surface pattern to give shade & depth to the petals, I love the way the pattern is still visible. I chose this flower as it is the national flower of India and has sacred status, a prominent feature of Indian mythology. The Lotus flower symbolizes; spirituality, fruitfulness, wealth, knowledge, purity of heart and mind. It grows in muddy water but remains pure & beautiful. I painted a panel of lotus flowers rising above the water at the side of the yoga mat too.
Every part of the plant is consumable and also has medicinal properties.
In yoga the lotus is connected with the crown chakra and the Hindu & Buddhist Goddess Lakshmi is associated with the flower. I have included an image of Lakshmi alongside her vehicle the Owl. She is the wife of Vishnu, plays a prominent part in Hindu wedding ceremonies and festivals Diwali & Shared Purnima are held in her honour. She signifies the importance of economic activity in maintenance of life. Her 4 hands represent the 4 goals considered important for life: Dharma, Kama, Artha & Moksha. The latter two are unfamiliar

To me, mean understanding & enlightenment.

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