It was time to say goodbye to scarletfaery, although its a cute online name I had been using since 2003 or so. Scarlet for my favorite song, Scarlet Begonias, from the Grateful Dead, and faery as a nod to the culture surrounding the fae, the magic and mythical side of life unseen.

Padma is the Sanskrit word for lotus. This aquatic flowering plant plays an important symbolic role in yoga and many Indian religions including Hinduism and Buddhism. It is often referred to as the “sacred lotus.”

Padma grows from out of the mud, but blooms in perfect beauty above the surface of the water. Thus, it is often seen as a symbol for those who overcome ignorance and suffering in order to find enlightenment and Self-realization. It can be seen as representing purity of body, mind, and speech, as it rises above attachment and desire, liberated and full of bliss.

Padma lends its name to padmasana, a yoga posture often used for meditation. ( We typically call this posture “lotus position.” The cliche yoga sitting position.

I honor that within myself that needs to continue to change, bloom, unfurl. New ways of seeing and expressing.

Thanks to my sweet husband Eden for being my graphic designer, and for editing the great photo here, taken by Travis Chaney. Om Shanti!

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

~Anais Nin