The lotus flower is rich in symbolism. It’s stalk is anchored in the mud and while it will bend it is nearly impossible to break. The petals are coated in a wax-like substance that keeps the flower from ever getting wet. When its three day life is over it drops its petals one at a time. What remains is the flat seed pod at the center. This lives on a while longer until it begins to turn dark, at which time it plunges back into the water, burying itself face down in the muck, dropping its seeds to be born again the following spring.
It is a symbol of enlightenment, courage, strength, purity and rebirth. Rising from the dark muck a beautiful flower; in the water, yet untouched by it; bendable, but not breakable.