Blue Lotus Love

“The Earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If that’s true then the flowers at the Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Junction must be the happiest on the planet.

Located just off the Warburton highway, barely an hour from home, I found a glorious landscape. Lakes and ponds, filled with thousands of water lilies and lotus flowers that looked straight out of a Claude Monet masterpiece.

For hours I was transported and immersed, together with my friend Lily, into a world of beauty and colour. Today, on Valentines Day, I’m sharing some of that here.

Breath in deeply and let your life unfold

Walking into this place instantly made me breath deeper but it’s not always that easy. Sometimes we get so caught up in worries that we forget to breath properly. Do it now if you’re a bit tense. Breath in, hold, breath out, release.

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. Buddha

What we focus on grows. We can choose to focus on what is good in our world or we can hold on to worries so tightly that they consume us. Let them go and things tend to unfold naturally.  Focus on the positives and life will be better.

Treat yourself to a day out, either with a friend or by yourself.  Be kind to yourself, speak supporting words (like you would to a friend), find something you’re proud of and check in with how you’re feeling.

Focus on filling your own heart with self love, pure deep love. When you love yourself everything becomes simpler and lighter.

Each flower does not seek to be the most beautiful. It only seeks to bloom

It’s far too easy in our fast paced and social media obsessed society to compare ourselves to others. However we’re all unique in every way and there’s room in this world for everyone to shine.

Trust in your abilities and don’t try to be someone you’re not or follow a path that’s not meant for you. Accept who you are, the good and the bad, and make changes as you want, not because someone else wants you to be different.

Minds are like flowers. They open only when the time is right. “Stephen Richards

“Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not everything happens straight away, just as, like nature, nothing blooms all year.

To blossom the lotus flower has to grow through mud and mucky pond water. But it blooms anyway, through tough conditions. It turns its face to the sun each morning and blooms pristine and untouched by the mud.

Like a lotus that closes at night and sinks below the water’s surface only to resurface again, we do the same. Each day we find inner strength as we face new challenges.

May we live like the Lotus. At ease in muddy water.

Life’s often filled with unexpected things that can throw us off the path. My friend Lily slipped during the day at Blue Lotus and went splat into a muddy puddle.

After I helped her up and brushed her off we both joked at the odds that she could slip, on such a sunny warm day, in the only muddy patch! Maybe a sign of good luck, after all she was in all likelihood covered in lotus mud. Don’t they say that in the mud good things grow?

Believe in yourself.  You have the ability to manifest anything

Your only limit is your mind and this is what I’m discovering in my own life right now.

Visualising, planning and taking steps to change things in my world is opening all sorts of possibilities in my life.

“A flower blossoms for its own joy.” – Oscar Wilde

Just love. Everything else is a distraction

At the end of the day, love is what matters. Love and look after yourself, love the people in your life, love the world. Love your enemies, yep, it’ll drive them crazy! No matter what else is going on, nothing matters more.

Imagine yourself like a lotus flower in full bloom, beautiful and strong. If you’re going through some shitty stuff, trust that you’ll grow through it all and emerge into the light. Always believe in new beginnings.

Life IS beautiful.

Happy Valentines Day.

In light and love

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” – Victor Hugo


Thank you for nominating Outanabout in this years Bloggers Bash Awards, held in London in June this year, in the category of Best Lifestyle Blog.

I feel honoured and grateful to be nominated, amongst some of my favourite inspirational bloggers.

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106 thoughts on “Blue Lotus Love

  1. Miriam, a very Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your post is a glory of flowers and loving thoughts! The lotus flower is astonishing, I’ve never seen anything quite like it and as I read your words alongside the beauty I feel a calm descending upon me. I love all your quotes and the first Emerson one is fantastic: “The Earth laughs in flowers.” Thank you for brining us along on yours and Lily’s day out and for your wise words! So many stand out but how true that:’Your only limit is your mind and this is what I’m discovering in my own life right now.’ With this knowledge, I wonder what you will be doing next?😀❤️

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    1. Hi Annika, what a treat to read your lovely comment. You’re right, the lotus flower is truly stunning and I really was in awe at its beauty. No wonder it’s inspired so many quotes over the years. As for me, who knows what I’ll be doing next? Whatever it is, thank you for being here with me. Really appreciate it. Hugs xx 🌷💕

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      1. Happy Valentines Day to you Miriam, where I come from it is called ” All hearts Day ” so you can
        celebrate your friends, your parents, ……even your enemies as you say. That made me laugh. You are right though.
        As to the Lotus flowers, what more can I say. They are almost otherworldly in their beauty and
        charachter. No wonder Monet painted them over and over and over again.

        You seem to have found deeper peace and harmony Miriam, even at this distance it is tangeable.
        I feel so very in tune with all you write in this post and the quotes are fantastic.
        ” The Earth loves in flowers ” . Wonderful. What a title that would be. 😊 .

        Keep smiling my friend

        Miriamj

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        1. What a beautiful comment! Thank you so much Miriam. “All hearts day” I love that title and I love that you love this post and all those beautiful lotus flowers. Monet was a wise and talented painter and you, my friend, are a kind and thoughtful woman. Keep smiling too xx ❤️

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  2. Love this Miriam!! I really connected with “What we focus on grows.” Absolutely!! Your post is so uplifting, and what gorgeous flowers! Looks like you and Lily had an amazing day. Thanks for your positivity and wonderful thoughts. Happy Valentine’s Day! xo

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  3. I loved everything about your post, Miriam and you have started my Friday in such a beautiful way. The flowers are stunning and yes, surrounded by such beauty you cannot help but feel good and relaxed. I just loved each quote and your thoughts and so needed something like this today. Thank you and have a beautiful day. xx

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    1. Thanks Sue. I’m so glad you enjoyed my post. It was such a stunning place, I was in awe most of the time I was there. Hope you have a wonderful Friday and a beautiful weekend. xx

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  4. Beautiful post, photos, quotes. Lotus flowers are amazing. Beautifully written post.

    In spirituality it us said live a lotus like life
    Why? The lotus remains beautiful, and above the muddy waters it lives in.

    I havent seen a lotus flower up personal and i am grateful to you for providing me this experience through your beautiful post.

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  5. Hi Miriam, it’s a beautiful place. Barry and I were there just two weeks ago and I bought some of the dried lotus pods to paint and draw. We went on to Mont de Lancey for tea and scones afterwards. I feel blessed to live so close to the Yarra Valley and all it’s offerings. Lovely post with fantastic photo’s. Fingers crossed for the award.

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    1. Barbara, how wonderful that you live so close to such a gorgeous place. Ive seen a lot of the Yarra Valley but but I’d never seen anything like this garden before. So happy you’ve experienced it too. Have a wonderful weekend. xx

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      1. Thanks Miriam, I live in Croydon, and yes the Blue Lotus Gardens are well worth a visit or two or three. I am always blown away by the sheer size of the Lotus flowers. You too have a lovely weekend, perfect weather today. We took a walk along the river at Warrandyte this morning. Just lovely.

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  6. Stunning post in every way that totally speaks to my heart … you’ve been nominated before but I feel this is the one!
    Always good to share a special outing with a dear friend when your best mate is absent 🙂

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  7. Hi Miriam, I love this post. LOVE-ly. I love that it is your take on Valentine’s Day. I have never been to Warburton. The lotuses look beautiful and your photos are perfect. The colours are gorgeous.
    Congratulations on your nomination. It is well deserved. Love how you are doing these outings with different friends. Believe it or not I posted something for Valentine’s Day too. Things are starting to settle on the home front. Louise x

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    1. Hi Louise, thanks for telling me about your post. I’ve just finished reading it and it was fabulous. What a wonderful love story.
      You and the Trainer must go to Warburton. It’s not Nepal but it’s still very special. xx

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  8. Miriam, what a profound piece of beauty and love. You captured magnificent blooms here. We always have the choice to see the beautiful in the bud, the flower and what remains after the bloom. Thank you for this uplifting start to my day.

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  9. Oh Miriam how incredibly beautiful is this post! I’ve heard about the lotus flower in yoga and love it. I have been going through some muddy water for the past year and can’t wait to burst through the mud. On another note those flowers are huge! Wow! What a delight. Thanks as always for your beautiful words

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    1. So nice to hear from you Nicole. But I’m sorry to hear you’ve been going through your share of muddy water. Life constantly throws us challenges doesn’t it. Just remember you’ll come through it stronger. I wish you well my friend. xx

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  10. Love that pop of colour. We visited a lotus pond in Korea in 2017 and I still remember how beautiful it was. I;m all for day trips with girlfriends. It’s fun to leave everything behind and just have a day to be yourself. 🙂

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    1. Mind? Of course I don’t mind, in fact I’m touched and humbled Jenny. Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m happy we connected too and I’m heading across to read it right now. xx

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  11. What a beautiful and amazing place! I had no idea that lotus flowers grew so huge, like hibiscus, I thought they were on the smallish side. Those were awesome! We don’t have such beauty where I live, so your pictures are like a window. I thank you. I needed to see that view today. 🙂

    Love you, lovely one! ❤ xoxox

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  12. Miriam, in my humble opinionj, this is the most berautiful post you have ever written. The images are stunning, but your words and the quotes you used were perfect. I rerally liked we ar what we thing. And also lovd the flowers don’t try to be the most beautiful, they only try to bloom.
    If only people were like that. Happy and accepting of their own beauty. what a wolrd this would be.

    Grateful I didn’t miss tis post. I will describe it in one word. INSPIRING. Yes, all caps.

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