A Mental Health Mantis

Sometimes we need a reminder...

COMMENTARY

Life emboldens us to marvel at creation and appreciate its symbolism. Today was one of those rare occasions in which a praying mantis, a symbolism of calmness for many cultures, made its debut on the praying hands statue on our porch. It was a moment I will cherish.

I like to think the mantis was reminding me to be still even during the storms that life brings. In a time of uncertainty and calamity in our country, may we all discover our mental health mantis. I leave you with a poem to inspire reflection. Peace and blessings.

A Mantis Prayer

Serenity, stillness, semblance for

humanity’s humble hopeful hands

transmitting thankfulness thoughtfulness gratitude for providential picturesque green moments. Respire!

Dr Clark is clinical assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville and medical director & division chief for Adult Inpatient and Consult-Liaison Services for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Prisma Health-Upstate. He serves as the Diversity & Inclusion Section Editor and Advisory Board member for Psychiatric TimesTM.