Writing is sorting. Writing down the stream of consciousness gives us a way to respect the mind, to choose among and harness thoughts, to interact with and change the contents of who we think we are. And that is what the spiritual journey is: a major change, over time, in who we think we are, followed by a corresponding change in what we believe ourselves capable of doing.
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Sunday, September 21, 2014
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 wasashe), 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.