Lotus Flower: My First Tattoo

So, I got my first tattoo today.

Life is interesting. I’ve never thought I would ever have any tattoos on my body. I just never associated myself with this type of brave people who can express their feelings or thoughts through tattoo arts on their body.

It was not an impulsive decision. I’ve been thinking about this from last year after I finished my trip of 100 Days of Wander. I wanted to remember the learnings from the trip and have been thinking about what would be the best design to memorize this. I’ve done some research, collected lots of inspirations and consulted with my tattoo artist, and this unique creation is the final outcome. I simply love it.

What is the meaning?

Like the lotus flower, which grows and beautifully blooms in muddy water, the lotus seed symbolizes spiritual growth and the ability to rise above obstacles. Also said to increase one’s devotion, peace of mind, and inner beauty.

And personally, it has two important meanings to me.

1) My identity I discovered during the trip last year, how I associate myself with a water plant. I am not a tree with deep roots, I don’t have a place called home like some people who have been living and growing from one place. But I’ll survive wherever I go, adapt and freely enjoy the new lives, as long as I have three important things in life – water, air, and the sun; that’s what the three roots symbolize. I need to make sure I understand what those are, and surround myself with those make me happy.

2) The second meaning is Rebirth. After the meditation trip, I felt like having a rebirth from the past. I want to make sure that I take this life changing lesson to create a new life, a new version of me maintaining an equanimity to be happy. The three roots in this case means Sila (morality), Samādhi (mastery of the mind), and Paññā (wisdom, insights that purifies the mind), which were the three important lessons from My Experience of 10 Day Vipassana Meditation Course.

I know my parents would not be very happy when they find this out (I’m very sorry mom & dad, but I’m an adult now and it’s ok to have tattoo in Canada), but I’m happy with the decision I made and have no regrets!

I’m just excited for the beautiful flowers I’ll bloom in my life.

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