August 30 2014

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Long Live The Lotus


Shu Uemura

LOTUS (lo-tes) / n. / 1. An aquatic perennial from the Nelumbonaceae family that serves as the national flower of India and Vietnam; / 2. / This plant boasts the rare ability to regulate the temperature of its flowers, similar to mammals—a talent suspected by researchers of helping to attract insect pollinators. It can also survive for thousands of years, with a 1,300-year-old sacred seed being successfully germinated in the early nineties; / 3. / A seated posture in yoga, often used for meditation, in which the legs are crossed and the feet are placed on opposing thighs—also known as padmasana; / 4. / Used in Asian cuisine, the seeds, leaves, roots, and flowers can be pickled, dried, boiled, and even popped like popcorn; / 5. / A British manufacturer of sports cars, whose vehicles were driven by James Bond in Casino Royale, The Spy Who Loved Me, and For Your Eyes Only; / 6. / A symbol often found in Hinduism and Buddhism that represents fortune, purity, rebirth, enlightenment, and beauty, among other positive attributes; / 7. / Venerated in many cultures (including ancient Egypt) for flourishing in the most hostile environments, this flower boasts high concentrations of lipids that have been used for centuries to soften hair and skin; e.g., “Whether you drive off in one—or slather yourself in the ingredient—a lotus will always leave you looking smooth.”

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