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The words 'meditation' and 'contemplation' are often confused. Contemplation is not meditation.
Contemplation is an act of thought, whereas meditation occurs when thought ceases and the division between you and all else fades.
What is contemplation?
Contemplation is the intense consideration of a very specific subject. Rather than gloss over a matter, you commit time to deliberately think it through thoroughly and completely.
It is easy to live a superficial life. Yet, often something is missing and for all your possessions, it can feel hollow.
Thinking long and hard about something can provide new insights and unexpected outcomes.
What would you contemplate?
That is entirely up to you. The purpose of contemplation is to increase your perception, to use the focussed thought as a means of seeing how you think.
By looking deeply into any subject or problem, you can observe your own mind. Ultimately your scrutiny may well reveal more about your character than the subject you are considering.
18 April 1995
Last updated 15 May 2020