The Mantis

I believe that Mother Nature offers gifts of the spirit.  One September afternoon while watering the garden I discovered a praying mantis perched on the row cover on the broccoli.

She (I assume it was a she), aware of my presence, turned her head to look at me and in that moment I had the oddest sensation that she was reading my mind.  For a few brief moments we regarded each other.

The word Mantis comes from the Greeks and means “prophet” or “seer. To “follow Mantis” means to put the foundation of your spirit at the helm and let it direct your life. According to one source the mantis comes to us when we need peace in our lives. In most cultures the mantis is a symbol of stillness and patience.

Another source stated that mantis medicine represents the process of creative becoming and being aware of personal kinship with everyone and everything and to be mindful of the choices you make.

To be mindful, to be still, to be patient, this then is the gift and the reminder from one of Mother Nature’s smallest creatures.


On Writing the Truth by Margaret Atwood

“The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself.  You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it. “

Page 234 The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

On Writing

“You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world… The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way … people look at reality, then you can change it.” ~James Baldwin


Contentment is one of the greatest gifts or blessings that can be bestowed upon us, if you are contented, there are no likes or dislikes. There is nothing to get or gain and there is nothing to lose. With contentment we experience supreme joy; we no longer have to look outside ourselves for happiness. Contentment is greater than happiness as there is no opposite waiting around the corner. Contentment makes our life simple. Contentment is accepting what is.

SUMUKHI FINNEY, The Yoga Handbook