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Praying Mantis

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    The praying mantis takes its time in all that it does. It takes care to pay diligent attention to its surroundings, and moving through life at its own pace. It demonstrates the ultimate power of stillness. It serves as a reminder for humans to slow down in our chaotic, fast-paced lives.

    The praying mantis animal totem also teaches us how to still our bodies and go within our own mind. By doing this, we can connect with ourselves, drawing up greater physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual power. This stillness and concentration is a form of meditation, a practice that the mantis places much importance in.

    Praying Mantis Insect Associated Traits
    Patience, Stability, Meditation, Peaceful, Quietness

    Symbolic Meaning Of Praying Mantis
    Wisdom emerges when we are still and quiet, sensing and feeling rather than thinking critically. It comes with experience, age, and being, rather than traditional schooling. It cannot be obtained through arrogance.

    Accordingly, the praying mantis symbol chooses to present itself to individuals when they have allowed their busy schedules to overrun their intuition, silencing their internal voice and throwing their equilibrium out of balance. The praying mantis always comes to us when we are internally craving peace, quiet, and calm in our lives.

    The praying mantis meaning has a variety of traits: temperance, quietness, awareness, calmness, clairvoyance, patience, mindfulness and innovation. These insects are well known for their pre-strike pose, which is a popular symbol of balance and patience in and of itself.

    In fact, the Chinese honor the praying mantis for its elegant, mindful, and contemplative movements. By reminding ourselves to have patience with ourselves in our own movement, we, like the mantis, can grow in our wisdom. They remind us to have patience in acquiring the things we want and to remain balanced throughout the duration of the wait.

    If a praying mantis strikes too soon, its prey gets away. Because of this, it has evolved to be patient: so patient, in fact, that it will not budge unless it is 100% positive that it is the correct thing to do. This acts as a direct message to us, reminding us to contemplate our movements just as carefully and precisely.

    When our timing is off, we may generate an unnecessary (and unpleasant) struggle or blow an opportunity entirely. Through stillness, awareness, and balance, we can hear and recognize the perfect moment. We must listen to the voice that speaks to us with openness, not fear. If we have patience and wait before striking, the right moment will come, and we will succeed.

    The praying mantis will become your animal totem once you have learned to take your time and live your life at a silent and reflective pace. You should make all choices with a sincere commitment to careful thought and contemplation.

    By being mindful of this, you will enable yourself to know exactly where you are going and when you will get there. Calmness and serenity are crucial to living like the praying mantis.

    But you should also be capable of being decisive and ready to take action when opportunities present themselves. For example, healers often cite the mantis as their inspiration when channeling their healing power.

    The praying mantis symbolism might also creep into your subconscious while you sleep. To dream of the praying mantis means that your intuition is actively trying to guide you at this very moment. Perhaps you have overlooked the the signs and symbols in your conscious day time hours and now the messages are speaking to your restful mind.

    All of the instincts and gut feelings you have been experiencing lately are attempting to tell you something about the situation you are currently in. Do not allow your judgement to be clouded, your concentration to be broken, or yourself to be distracted from the end goal.

    Trust the feelings that you have, both when awake and in slumber, and act on them appropriately. If you listen to yourself truly and honestly, you will succeed.

    Mantis symbolizes stillness, vision, and careful, deliberate actions. Mantis has large eyes and the ability to turn it’s head 180 degrees, making it a very formidable predator. Mantis sits absolutely still until it’s ready to strike. Once it takes action, it’s motion is swift and precise.

    The large front legs give the illusion that it is praying. Mantis tells us of the importance of silence and stillness when looking for our answers. Looking at all the options allows us to know the right time to act. Once we know what we need to do, it is important to move quickly and decisively.

    The Praying Mantis is often sold to gardeners to protect the crops. They perfectly camouflage themselves in various shades of green and brown and wait patiently to ambush their prey, taking out large insects like grasshoppers that can quickly decimate a garden space. Ferocious yet protective, Mantis speaks of cunning, patience, and higher service.

    Personal Reflection…
    When Mantis appears to you carefully consider all the angles, look at things from a broad perspective. Take quiet time for meditation and reflection. When the right moment to act appears you will know it instinctively.  In life when we “do battle” it is always best to be prepared.

    Praying Mantis Dream Symbolism
    A Mantis in your dream can indicate that you feel victimized or “preyed upon” by others. It can also symbolize the need to blend into your surroundings or to camouflage yourself.  If you are facing a challenge it warns you to not lash out in haste, but to use strategy to your advantage.

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