I announced to my fellow landscaper, “I’ve never seen a praying mantis fly before. That was pretty cool!”
I took a few moments to snap some photos on my iPhone and went back to work.
The following day, I was trimming bushes again at the same apartment complex, but in a different location.
What did I see? You guessed it. A praying mantis which looked INCREDIBLY similar to the one I saw the day before.
I took my hint from the Universe and put down the power shears that were certainly disturbing the lovely creature.
It held its position, only turning its head to look directly at me. I have to admit that I was intimidated by the alien-looking bug, but I was also in awe.
I rarely see a praying mantis. Maybe I’ll see one every other summer. It was no coincidence that I saw one (perhaps the same one) in two consecutive days.
I quietly said out loud, while looking at the insect who was glaring at me, “Okay, I’m awake and aware of you now. What do you have to tell me?”
Its only reply was stillness. In the face of potential danger (human, power shears, a rake, blower, etc.) it remained motionless.
It seemed to observe my physical actions, my mental thoughts, and my emotions. It also scratched my spiritual sweet spot. It was beautiful and creepy!
I was no threat at all. The only disturbance I made was the faux click of my phone camera.
She (I’ve no idea if it was male or female) had enough, and began to walk across the Barberry bush. She took flight and landed on the brick wall of the apartment complex.
She seemed to watch over me, from a safer spot.
I felt honored that she stayed to see if I had heard her silent prayer.
“Let him be still.”
I emptied my mind of all the things I could not control.
I let go of the past and I stopped thinking about the future. I let my mind be still. In essence, I let go of potential “danger.”
I became refreshingly motionless.
I then counted my blessings and day. I offered prayers of gratitude. I gave thanks for all that I had in that moment, in that day.
I let my emotional and mental bodies rest and my spiritual body rejuvenated while my physical body performed the task I was assigned.
Like the praying mantis had moved to the safety of the brick wall, I had set my four bodies in motion to get a safer and healthier view of the world around me.
Please, don’t just look at the world around you. See it. Feel it. Smell it. Live it.
Take the time to be still and enjoy life.
Be Kind. Be Thankful. Be Significant.