Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Mantis

I believe that Mother Nature offers gifts of the spirit.  One September afternoon while watering the garden I discovered a praying mantis perched on the row cover on the broccoli.

She (I assume it was a she), aware of my presence, turned her head to look at me and in that moment I had the oddest sensation that she was reading my mind.  For a few brief moments we regarded each other.

The word Mantis comes from the Greeks and means "prophet" or "seer. To "follow Mantis" means to put the foundation of your spirit at the helm and let it direct your life. According to one source the mantis comes to us when we need peace in our lives. In most cultures the mantis is a symbol of stillness and patience.

Another source stated that mantis medicine represents the process of creative becoming and being aware of personal kinship with everyone and everything and to be mindful of the choices you make.

To be mindful, to be still, to be patient, this then is the gift and the reminder from one of Mother Nature’s smallest creatures.


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