Observe this lotus flower blooming before us in the pond. If you study it hard, really look, you will see that below this surface picture, it is the mud and rot of a stagnant pond that is actually producing the lotus flower’s pretty bloom. (…) ‘Right now’, he continued lightly, ‘it must feel like you are stuck in rot and mud. It is almost unbearable. But trust in the Buddha. It will be precisely this muck that one day will help you burst to the surface in a stunning display of colorful petals.