The Stillness Within


Your duty is to be and not to be this or that. ‘I am that I am’ sums up the whole truth. The method is summed up in the words ‘Be still’. What does stillness mean? It means destroy yourself. Because any form or shape is the cause for trouble. Give up the notion that ‘I am so and so’. All that is required to realize the Self is to be still. What can be easier than that?
~ Ramana Maharshi

Hey, Lovelies.

The moon is growing fat and round in the sky, and last night she dropped down on the horizon, in line with my bedroom window, sending such brilliant light that I was woken up.

The sky was bright and clear, with a scattering of stars, the trees were silent and still, and the moon was dazzling.

I lay in bed for an hour just watching the world outside my window, and breathing in moonlight. The moon felt so close it seemed I could reach out and touch it. It brought me to a place of deep calm and peace, and even after I went back to sleep and then woke this morning that peace abided.

I meditated, came downstairs, did a little catchup on my messages. The dogs and Ben were still asleep in the muggy humid early morning. Still all I felt was peace. Not lethargy, but stillness. A stillness of my mind. A stillness of the wheels that usually grind inside my skull as I start my day.

It is totally unexpected, this feeling.

There is no sense of urgency, or a need for striving. Inside me is as quiet as the early morning house.

Outside of me birds call, a dog stretches and yawns, a message pings on my phone.

Inside me I am calm. Peaceful. Observant but detached, observant – heart full.

Was that the magic of the moon?

I’m not sure, but whatever brought this state of mind, I am grateful.

Wishing for you too a day of calm, an untroubled mind, and peace in your heart, Nicole xx

Hi! I'm Nicole Cody. I am a writer, psychic, metaphysical teacher and organic farmer. I love to read, cook, walk on the beach, dance in the rain and grow things. Sometimes, to entertain my cows, I dance in my gumboots. Gumboot dancing is very under-rated.
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5 thoughts on “The Stillness Within

  1. I woke up this morning feeling content. The past few days have been turbulent; I read your post about the full moon and sat with my feelings, the not so nice ones that I like to avoid.
    As I drifted off to sleep last night I felt the angst in my mind slip away and it no longer mattered.
    When I woke this morning it was a lovely surprise that the angst did not return, even as the day wore on.
    I went for a beach walk, a swim, a simple but filling lunch and sat in stillness in my garden with a cup of tea. Blissful.
    Peeling back the layers has been surprisingly easy and it’s all just melted away.
    I’m enjoying it while it’s with me.

    – C.

  2. Beautiful post Nicole. She calls me too. I am a night owl, and regularly cannot sleep when the bright moon is riding high. We are lucky enough to be outside of the village and so the wildlife – owl and deer calling, foxes yelling, I sit and listen to them all, it’s incredibly busy around here in the small hours, it seems!

    I swear the Rooks never ever shut up.. there’s sleepy craaark’s and all manner of odd sounds you wouldn’t really expect from a group of birds.( I imagine their tetchy conversations with each other ‘WILL you move over, you’re taking up the best bit of branch, I’m right on a slope here’ ‘aww you woke me’ ‘GOOD!’)

    We’re due the first of the cold weather here by the end of this week, so I’m looking forward to an icy earth under a clear moonlit sky.

    Blessed Be, Nicole 🙂

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