The Friday Cyclotouriste

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Random Images……Praying Mantis on the Back Patio

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A Praying Mantis is said to point the way to Mecca


I found this beautiful, nearly 6 inch long, praying mantis in a container plant on my back patio.

Since reading Laurens van der Post’s A Mantis Carol, and learning the Bushmen of the Kalahari regard them as manifestations of God, I always approach these creatures with a special reverence. In the Islamic world, they are also important religious symbols. Plus, their subtle movements evoke meditation and mindfulness.

I like to think this little creature’s visit was a reminder to have more subtle awareness of my life and to not get too caught up in the day’s chaos.

What does this have to do with bicycling?

Well…for me riding a bike is good mindfulness practice: It helps me to regain peace of mind after a hard day and helps me to observe my everyday world with a somewhat greater sense of clarity.

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September 10th, 2010 at 6:29 pm


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  1. Well spoken…

    Marc T.

    12 Sep 10 at 3:03 am

  2. marc/ i appreciate your kind sentiments. many thanks!

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