Last night I got my fourth tattoo on my right forearm that looks like the picture below.
It is a lotus flower with pink, purple, and light blue hues. The symbol in the middle of it is Ohm. The colors of the symbol are not as significant as the colors in the flower. Allow me to explain so that you can all know the deeper meaning and symbolism behind this tattoo.
The lotus flower is a common symbol among Buddhists and carries many different meanings depending on the sect of Buddhism you suscribe to. I, for one, have a belief melting pot in my heart so I choose to blend many different meanings together to make up what truly speaks my heart. The lotus, when closed, represents a being. As it blooms and opens up it begins to represent spiritual evolving and awareness of oneself in connection with the rest of the universe. The lotus also commonly represents the energy chakras of the human being.
Ohm is what most would commonly hear during meditative practices and is referred to as the universal sound for peace and balance. The symbol is used to represent what the audible version of it represents. Ohm does not "belong" to any one religion or spiritual belief but it is most commonly seen in eastern belief systems. You can find many diverse definitions or explanations regarding Ohm by researching it using any tool available.
Pink and Purple are not my usual choices for clothing let alone anything else so, many people would find it perplexing that I would use it in something as permanant as a tattoo. There is a simple explanation for this color scheme. Pink was my Grandma Sipes's favorite color and Purple (lavendar) was my Grandma Aalders' favorite color. I used those colors in honor of them.
Tie all of this together and it gives a whole other meaning to the tattoo than what you have read above. I chose the lotus flower because I'm moving and evolving through the grieving process and into a whole other realm of myself. I'm moving through difficult emotions, and life as I know it now versus what it used to be. The lotus opened gives way to peace and tranquility; a calm surrender to a lost form of innocence that I will never have back. Ohm represents coming into peace and awareness on a very personal level. The colors of pink and purple represent my two grandmothers but even moreso - they represent everything that has been lost and all that I've gained in the wake of all of those losses. Everyone loses something important to them several times in their lives. I wanted to remind myself that something positive arises out of it all.
That is my tattoo. This is what it means. A simple piece of artwork with so much symbolism attached to it really holds a lot of positive and complex energy for me. This is deeply personal or I would not have had it inked into my skin. It is a tribute to myself, the person I'm becoming, and the people that I love and continue to hold dear to me. It's about peace.
So, now you know!