PRAYING MANTIS

Wally Fukunaga

March 26, 2020

 

A startling occurrence happened the other day.

While reaching for the railing to the enter the swimming pool at my condo,

I felt a hard, rough and foreign object that seem to have bit me.

What was that?

IT WAS A PRAYING MANTIS.

It quickly jumped to the ground, then stopped in its praying, yet attentive, position.

And I watched.

How utterly auspicious, I thought, upon pondering the occurrence.

In the midst of the unsettling time we’re in, triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic,

to behold a sign of nature calling me to stillness, mindfulness and patience.

Pause and pray, beckons the mantis.

“Mantis” comes from the Greek, meaning “prophet” and “seer”.

It is also related to the word “menos” which means, “spirit” and “passion.”

The praying mantis is thus seen as a symbol of someone with clairvoyance abilities.

I need to listen with passion to embrace, more fully, my spirituality.

It is also seen as a symbol of one who is a master of meditation.

During the current shutdown, I am called to meditate “without ceasing”.

An awesome challenge.

Ahh, but there is one hopeful promise.

In China and Japan, a praying mantis is seen as a sign of good luck.

I am heartened, and surprisingly glad,

from having laid eyes on, and touched, a praying mantis,

at such a time as this.

© 2016 Sunrise Foundation Hawaii