The lotus grows from being deeply rooted in mud and scum. Despite these challenging circumstances, it makes its way through the murky water until it finally breaks the surface in order to bloom. It emerges and blossoms in the sun, rewarded for its efforts, beautiful and whole.
The color blue in a lotus flower represents wisdom and common sense, usually depicted only partially open with its very center unseen. This symbolizes a continual need to gain wisdom, learn and expand the mind, and to seek knowledge and understanding.
It is for this reason that multiple initiatives focused on rehabilitation and reentry are housed under The Lotus Project within this Western Restorative Justice and Reentry Center.