The lotus flower is often seen as a symbol of wellness, with resilience and strength through adversity giving hope that it is possible to rise from a dark place and thrive. This fragrant flower with exotic foliage has its roots in the mud and rises up through the dark, murky water to find the light. Unlike a waterlily which is content to float on top of the water once it reaches the surface, the lotus flower continues to grow upwards so that it stands proud above the water. This allows the maximum amount of light and warmth to reach the petals when the flower blooms. The lotus flower closes up at night and sinks back down into the muddy water ready to re-emerge into the light in pristine condition the next day. It does this for a few days before the petals fall away leaving a seed pod. Eventually the seeds are dispersed on the wind and water where they sink back into the mud for the growing cycle to start again. If you feel like you’re stuck in the mud or struggling to find your way through the darkness, acupuncture can help you find the right direction to reach the light and overcome life’s challenges so that you can bloom into a beautiful you. Book a five element treatment with Kathy Hitchens at Balancing Acupuncture in Truro.