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Rachel M Miyazaki
Class of 2013

"Like the lotus, you experience three primary stages of evolution. The first is marked by ignorance and darkness, when you lie below the dense mud - a closed chrysalis - which, by nature of existence, will eventually be pulled upwards by the warmth of the Sun. The second is exemplified by the climb through the clouded waters of your emotional experience, yet still the flower reaches to the Sun, knowing no other destiny... no other purpose. The third brings full illumination in the splendour of the light. The Lotus flower blossoms, baring its exquisite beauty to all those who are aware enough to recognise God unfolding." - Anonymous

In Buddhism, the lotus flower is a symbol of the progression of the soul. Like the lotus flower, though I have been born into an imperfect world and have faced rough, emotional obstacles in my past, I aim to live my life so that it will blossom into something beautiful.

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