Living in the city is no excuse for not connecting with nature :) This little guy here paid my wonderful friend Letha and I a visit while we were having coffee at the local Starbucks in my home of Louisville, KY. He landed on my friends shoulder, and me being the shaman geek that I am, jumped up and started dancing around..."Look a praying mantis on your shoulder, he has a message for you!" Meanwhile, Letha, who has a true appreciation for all animals, cringes, "Get him off before he crawls on my face!" Add a minute of me dancing and Letha cringing until I finally moved him to her purse where she could better appreciate his beauty. I first had to play with him and commune with him for just a moment ;-)
Praying Mantis is symbolic of the power of stillness. What a wonderful complement to this weeks message! According to Ted Andrews, Praying Mantis teaches us to still our busy outer mind and connect with our inner power and hear the voice of our inner teacher. Looking for answers? Worrying gets you no where. Go into your still place and wait. The answer will find you there.
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