Praying Mantis Meaning and Move-In Madness
If you’ve tuned into recent blog posts, you’ll know I’ve moved. There have been lots of signs of reassurance during this move. It’s a good thing, because this move has been brutal.
Lemme tell ya, I’ve moved way too many times, even across the country a few times. But this current relocation has been, by far, the most challenging.
Why? There’s no short answer. But a lot of challenge came from the fact I moved into a tiny house. Yep. I went from 1800 sq ft. to 399 sq ft. It’s not the smallest placed I’ve lived, but my first tiny space took place when I was much younger. I’ve accumulated a lot more stuff since then. Paring down wasn’t too difficult. The killer was the books. And that means bookcases. Ugh. Thankfully, I crammed all my books in the tiny house. Don’t ask me how I did it, but I got all my precious tomes in!
So what’s this all have to do with praying mantis meaning? On surface, not much. But the mantis has a deeper meaning for me. It was a very hair-pulling day in the middle of tiny-house moving. I was pretty much fit to be tied. Up to my eyeballs in dirt, dogs, books, bowls and not much room to navigate it all. What’s worse, the shower didn’t work, my windows wouldn’t open, the toilet wouldn’t flush…you get the idea. Just nuts.
In the midst of all this chaos, I spied this little baby with my little eye:
She had been watching me the whole time I was fussing and fighting with fixing up the house. I had to laugh at that. She doesn’t have a care in the world (because believe me, there were plenty of bugs in the house for her to munch on, ugh).
My point is, she was calm as a cucumber while I was mad as a March hare. That’s a lesson.
In fact, praying mantis meaning is all about staying calm and carrying on. From Asia to Africa, the mantis is a consistent symbol of peace, tranquility and stillness.
Interestingly, the mantis is symbolic of dreams for African Bushmen. The mantis is thought to be a dream-bringer, a soothsayer – capable of predicting events in the future. When one is seen, go deep in dream or meditation and cast yourself into the future. The Bushmen say the mantis will guide your way so you can see your future path clearly.
So guess what I did? I saw that mantis, calmed myself down, and got into meditation mode. Where did Miss Mantis take me? Well, she got me as far as unboxing all my books, lol. And she did assure me all this move-in/tiny house madness will settle down in time. That’s all I needed to move forward.
So was she right? Yes. Move-in magic was made when I got 11 bookcases in, plus my treadmill. And it looks fabulous! Not at all cramped or claustrophobic looking as I feared it might be.
As a thank-you to my praying mantis pal, I gently picked her up and placed her out on my front porch. If you look real close, you might be able to see her among the plants!
I hope you enjoyed these thoughts about praying mantis meaning while moving into the tiny home. Mostly, I hope this little story reminds you to observe these sweet little visitations from Mother Nature. Why? Because every event is symbolic. Every visit is a gift. It just takes a little pondering to gain great insight and deeper meaning.
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