A Visit From My Praying Mantis

message from my praying mantisRecently I had a very busy week, like flat out, non stop, no sitting down kind of week. No free time to just stop and be still. It sucked.

Running on empty never does anyone any good. Eventually it culminated in all the rushing and hectic pace actually coming to a momentary end one afternoon. So I had free time. Wow. A new concept right. And I have to say I was at a loss as to what to do next, or rather where to start.

It was as though the momentum of being so busy was still humming away inside me, not letting me just sit down with a cup of tea and enjoy the fact I had a few hours to myself to do NOTHING. A luxury most of the time.
There was almost a sense of guilt in me actually not ‘doing anything’. I didn’t like this feeling. I didn’t like it one little bit. Why should I feel guilty for not racing around doing stuff at a million miles an hour. We as humans are not designed to be machines, and yet I felt like I was almost turning into one.

So I did the only natural thing I could think to do next.

I sat.

And I began to meditate.

Just simple breathing with my eyes closed as I sat crossed legged on the lounge. In and out through my nose. When I slowed my breathing down, I could feel my insides relaxing. The tightly wound coil was unwinding. As I went deeper into breathing and surrendering to the stillness within myself I had a vision appear. It was that of a Praying Mantis.

When I finished my meditation I did the only natural thing I could do with what I had available. I consulted Dr Google as to the meaning of the Praying Mantis appearing to me.

It blew me away when I started reading webpage after webpage of the same thing.

The image of the Praying Mantis is a reminder for humans to slow down in our chaotic, fast-paced lives. The praying mantis symbol chooses to present itself to individuals when they have allowed their busy schedules to overrun their intuition, silencing their internal voice and throwing their equilibrium out of balance. The praying mantis always comes to us when we are internally craving peace, quiet, and calm in our lives.

How very apt! Here’s to celebrating more Om and less rush! x

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