I don't find lotus in the North Country where i live, so i was happy to see it in hot and sunny Florida.
The magic of lotus leaves is that they self-clean; they don't collect water.
Wouldn't i love to have a self-cleaning mind?
Mindfulness is the quickest self-cleaner. Mindfulness of this moment doesn't allow gunk from those past moments to accumulate. Past gunk is washed away by the present moment.
No future fog either, because the present is all there is.
Just look at that lotus with its roots in the mud, standing beautifully in the water of Life.