Morning Mantis

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            I woke up this morning to find a praying mantis on the inside of my window screen. (S)he was as long as my pinky finger. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one before, here, where I live now.

            At first, I was a little bit unnerved. It’s a large insect for this part of the world. But then, (S)he was so still. I could have stayed to watch the mantis all morning…

            My next thought was, maybe I should transfer the mantis outside. This thought was followed by a question of luck. Does it affect the day’s energy to bother a praying mantis?

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            I proceeded to get ready for my day and returned to the window, where the insect still sat, stock-still. I picked up a dry water glass from the bedside table and tried to capture the mantis, gently. When that didn’t work, I grabbed a tissue to nudge the mantis into the glass.
            (S)he stepped, one foot at a time, tenderly onto the tissue. Unlike capturing other insects, the movements seemed incredibly deliberate.
            I went outside and brushed the tissue lightly against a flowering plant on my front porch and the mantis, again, stepped slowly, with deliberate steps, onto the plant.

            I watched the insect for a little longer as (S)he sat motionless on the plant, before I went back inside to rush through the rest of my morning routine.

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“The praying mantis always comes to us when we are internally craving peace, quiet, and calm in our lives.”

“The praying mantis meaning has a variety of traits: temperance, quietness, awareness, calmness, clairvoyance, patience, mindfulness and innovation.”

♦ According to sunsigns.org ♦

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Hopefully, the mantis is a sign of peace and mindfulness for my day.
May your day, also, be calm and insightful.

And (please excuse my anthropomorphism), I hope that the mantis was satisfied with his/her location transfer this morning.
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2 thoughts on “Morning Mantis

  1. I just had to write you after reading your post. I have had many a praying mantis visit my home during times of trouble and times of joy. I began to wonder about the mantis and was so happy to find out that this little creature brings a reminder for peace and inner strength. It is so wonderful to see you took the time to notice and reflect. Thanks for sharing.

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