When anxiety bites

Or the grip of

depression looms

I stare at the moon


Observing its surface

The subtle shades

The patterns caused by

eon old impact craters


Mesmerised by its


shimmering light


As I contemplate

my breathing slows

calm comes over me


For the moonโ€™s beauty and radiance

brings tranquility


  1. ๐‘น๐’๐‘ฉ๐‘ฐ๐‘ต ๐ŸŒ‹

    I also do this! Staring at the Moon is a great way to help centre yourself. It’s a connection to the world that is greater than yourself and humanity. And the cosmological good fortune of the Moon being there, makes me happy.

    I always look up at the Moon when I notice it, and try to make out features. I’m often spotting it in daytimeโ€” so many times I’ve had the feeling the Moon is there, then when I look, it’s right where I expected (because I’m noticing it unconsciously in my peripheral vision!).

    Actually, the other day I challenged myself to observe the Earth’s rotation in real-time (this used to be obvious when using a telescope and zoomed-in). I saw the Moon just setting over a rooftop, and I stared at a small dark patch intently, and indeed I did see the effect of the Earth’s rotation in real-time! A cosmological meditation ๐Ÿ˜‰.

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    1. Stuart

      ๐Ÿ˜Š Itโ€™s an amazing thing to do. Itโ€™s so easy to overlook like a lot of things in our natural world.

      Just observing and really seeing is an amazing way to relax and feel calm! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. ๐‘น๐’๐‘ฉ๐‘ฐ๐‘ต ๐ŸŒ‹

        Yes, strangely! I find the Moon hard to overlook though personally, but yes most people find it easy to overlook! It’s sad.

        I remember a moment when I was a teenager where I was just standing there looking at the Moon through my bedroom window. I paused everything I was doing and just watched it for about 40 minutes, realising that until that point I had never paid it much attention, but realised how amazing it was. Ever since then, my mind has been gradually opening!

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  2. Holly

    Stuart, I love this! The moon really does have an incredibly calming presence. Simply breathing deeply, in and out, paying attention to how our chest rises and falls, immediately releases anxiety.

    You’ve captured this experience perfectly! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

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