anonymous asked:

I recently got a blue lotus flower tattoo and have gotten some criticism for my tattoo simply because it is blue. Is there anything bad about a blue lotus flower or should I simply ignore the people criticizing me?

Not that I’m aware of. Blue in Buddhism symbolizes wisdom and understanding. So I wouldn’t worry about what people have to say. Maybe they’re just jealous or something :p

Smile and be well!

Drugs in Ancient Cultures: A History of Drug Use and Effects

Archaeological evidence shows that humans were taking opium and ‘magic’ mushrooms as far back as 10,000 years ago. Some scholars even believe that a few notable Greeks, like Pythagoras, couldn’t have come up with their genius theories and philosophies without some form of drug use.  Texts from ancient history suggest there may be truth in these claims.

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As queen of ancient Egypt, Cleopatra is one of the most famous female rulers in history. Here she is depicted holding the blue lotus, a symbol of restoration, growth and resilience to the troubles of life. As the lotus emerges from the mud to blossom into something beautiful, so can we make the best of our environment and rise above it. In an era when Egypt was roiled by internal and external battles, Cleopatra held the country together and proved to be as powerful a leader as any of her male counterparts.