The lotus flower is a lovely metaphor for Brenda’s philosophy in helping others.
The lotus flower grows in muddy swamps. In the morning it emerges from the earthly mud, growing up in aspiration towards the light, its petals gradually opening out until the exquisite flower has fully emerged. The blooming of the lotus from its mud-bathed roots is a reminder that even from a dark, desperate or difficult situation, you can emerge and even blossom.
In his book After the Ecstasy, the Laundry, Jack Kornfield speaks of the lotus flower, adding a more nuanced perspective to these stages of shoot, bud and blossom. He suggests that the description omits more than it tells. “It misses the nurturance of the roots in the mud, the drinking of sunlight, the pollination of the bees. It misses the growth that takes place at night and the invisible buds below the surface of the water that didn’t yet remember the world of sunlight.”
Brenda’s approach to people who seek her support in facing challenges is that, like the lotus emerging from the muddy earth, your beauty, wisdom, strength, balance, humor, compassion, passion and capacity to heal are innately present. Her role is to facilitate a process whereby the essence of who you are, in all your goodness, can gradually emerge. Like the lotus, the interplay of a multitude of factors and circumstances, including her work with you, will support the journey “through the mud” to the discovery and blossoming of a genuine and authentic YOU.
About Brenda Forster
Brenda-ForsterBrenda has a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and is a registered member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (www.bcacc.ca).
Brenda provides Individual Psychotherapy and Relationship Counselling in her full time private practice. She is specially trained in providing Views of the Child Interviews for families who are in divorce transition and very much enjoys working with children in this context. Brenda has practiced yoga and meditation for many years and brings her passion for these practices, and her belief in the benefit of these practices, into her work by teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs.
Since completing her Master’s degree, Brenda has continued to study and explore the human condition and approaches to psychotherapy and counselling through many formal courses and experiential programs.