Encounters with a Praying Mantis

I’m home sick and resting. 8 weeks of working 60 hours a week, on top of busy weekends to counteract work , has caught up to me.

I’m really good at listening to my body and resting, but these past few weeks took a heavy toll on me. One of my spiritual mentors would always say “disease” making an emphasis on the words “dis'” as in “dis-ease.” She said that when we are sick it’s our body speaking to us. She said that it’s a sign that we aren’t okay with something within our life.

If you ever practice yoga, the instructor will always suggest to drink water after each practice to help cleanse out the toxins that were loosened up in class. Even massage therapists suggest drinking water after a massage for the same reason.

Our bodies fill with toxins as a result of the daily grind, stress, negative thoughts and feeling that build up and continue to build up if we do not release them. It’s for this reason that it’s important to focus on being present, feeling your emotions as they occur and not burying them and letting go of negative people, emotions, beliefs that influence and change your disposition.

I have not been meditating or practicing yoga consistently and I feel the difference in my body and in myself. Nature naturally wants balance, it was set up to naturally balance itself.

Like nature, our souls naturally want balance too, but we get in the way of what is often best for us.


When I left work last night, a Praying Mantis was peacefully sitting on my car windshield. It startled me. I naturally thought, that this encounter was odd, and I thought it might be a sign. I did some research and I learned that the “Praying Mantis makes an appearance when we’ve flooded our lives with so much business, activity, or chaos that we can no longer hear the still small voice within us. […] [It] comes to us when we need peace, quiet and calm in our lives (Spirit Animal Totems).”

You can believe in signs or not, but the the timing of the encounter couldn’t be more perfect. Have a healthy Friday.

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