It’s true I’ve never given much thought to “symbolism” of animals or insects until recently. After a visit from two lunar moths in two days, I looked up the symbolism, it just so happened to fit with things that were happening at that time.
Saturday, just hours before Hurricane Irene’s arrival, while all was still quiet and calm, a praying mantis made his presence known in our back yard. So again I did a bit of research to see if the symbolism fit into our scheme of things…and again, maybe it’s coincidence.
Though I think if I were a bit more mindful, I’d find synchronicity all around me. I know that I often do when I’m in tune, but many times I let chaos flood my mind and I lose that connection which grounds me.
I found that it is said that praying mantis come to us when we need peace, calm, and quiet. What more of a perfect time than between an earthquake and a hurricane?
The symbolism of the mantis include stillness, awareness, creativity, patience, mindfulness, a sense of calm, balance, and intuition. This is why the mantis is referred to as a symbol of meditation and contemplation.
During a time of chaos, what could be more comforting than the feeling of stillness? Maybe it was an assurance that all would be well. Though I was at complete peace throughout the hurricane, I didn’t look up the mantis symbolism until well after the storm had passed.
I think in knowing that we had done all humanly possible to prepare and trusting in God to deliver us was enough. However, I did take comfort in knowing we had friends and family all over who were praying and sending positive thoughts and well wishes along the east coast. And of course, we had a growing Wylie trying to intimidate Irene!