This morning, Kevin and I were both up at 3:00 am. You know how it is, you have so much on your mind that you can’t sleep, and there you are . . . watching infomercials in the dark. This always seems to happen when I get stressed out. First of all, I quit doing all of the things that help me manage stress, like yoga and meditating (duh!). We both decided that we need to meditate today and get our heads straight!
We were eating a yummy lunch from the Chinese restaurant watching people pass by our front window and everyone was pointing up at the corner on the front of our house. We thought that they must be looking at one of the kitties upstairs in the window, but Kevin went to check it out – and there she was, this beautiful Praying Mantis, just hanging out on the front of our house!
Kevin ran in to look up the meaning (usually animals show up in your life for a reason, you just have to be paying attention!) and this is what he found out:
The mantis comes to us when we need peace, quiet and calm in our lives. Usually the mantis makes an appearance when we’ve flooded our lives with so much business, activity, or chaos that we can no longer hear the still small voice within us because of the external din we’ve created.
After observing this creature for any length of time you can see why the symbolism of the praying mantis deals with stillness and patience. The mantis takes her time, and lives her life at her own silent pace.
These traits have lead the mantis to be a symbol of meditation and contemplation. In fact, in China, the mantis has long been honored for her mindful movements.
The mantis never makes a move unless she is 100% positive it is the right thing for her to do. This is a message to us to contemplate and be sure our minds and souls all agree together about the choices we are making in our lives.
Overwhelmingly in most cultures the mantis is a symbol of stillness. As such, she is an ambassador from the animal kingdom giving testimony to the benefits of meditation, and calming our minds.
An appearance from the mantis is a message to be still, go within, meditate, get quiet and reach a place of calm. It may also a sign for you to be more mindful of the choices you are making and confirm that these choices are congruent.
WOW!!! Kevin went out to take a picture of her, and she LOOKED RIGHT AT HIM!! He got such a cool shot, we had to share it. The message won’t be lost on us, like we said, we plan to take our time and enjoy the ride – I guess we can try doing that with the packing too!