Contemplation. . .
What is contemplation? Im sure you have some familiarity with the word and maybe the concept but just how and why should we actively contemplate our moments?
Many people equate it to meditation, maybe even prayer. Though useful test perspectives can have their limits. however, you can practice contemplation while mindfully washing dishes, cleaning the house or sharing moments with a friend.
Contemplation is simply being fully present – in heart, mind, and body – to what is in a way that allows you to creatively respond and work toward what could be.
Contemplation is personal and communal, internal and external. It helps us let go of our usual, self-focused way of thinking and doing things so that our compassionate, connected, and creative self can evolve. With mindful and intent contemplation we develop the capacity to see and understand our motivations. This awareness can be crucial in our day-to-day actions. It is contemplation that inspires us to live with increased understanding and authenticity through deeper awareness of our self and position in this moment called life.
The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival – Aristotle
Peace and Love, Jim