To Flourish Is To
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We often long for a state of consciousness which denotes ‘life satisfaction’. At UEF we like the word Flourishing to describe this state. In Latin, “florere” was used to describe the process of a flower growing and blooming, and it was often used metaphorically to describe the growth, development, and prosperity of people, communities, or societies. Over time, the word “flourishing” was adopted into English, and it retained its metaphorical meaning of thriving, prospering, or being in a state of vibrant growth and development.

The lotus flower is a symbol of purity, spiritual enlightenment, and rebirth in many Eastern cultures. The lotus flower grows in murky water, but it emerges clean and unsullied. This purity is often seen as a reflection of spiritual purity and the ability to rise above the material world. This is why it is often seen as a symbol of purity and transcendence.

The lotus flower is also known for its ability to bloom even in the darkest of places. This is why it is also seen as a symbol of hope and resilience. The growth of a lotus from the mud to the surface of the water represents the journey of the soul, from the material world to the spiritual realm. This journey is often seen as a metaphor for the human experience and the path to enlightenment.

In Buddhism, the lotus flower is associated with the Buddha himself. The Buddha is often depicted sitting on a lotus flower throne, and the lotus flower is also used as a symbol of the Buddha’s enlightenment.

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