By G.Thomas Stewart
It is a valuable process of the mind with which to assess knowledge, values and choices. You are considering, assessing, and being aware of specific questions you ask on a matter. Consider and be aware of how you are contemplating on matters. This is probably the most important point, because even though you may be putting thought to assess what is on your mind, it is equally important that you are aware of how you are perceiving things. It is easy to fall into one point of view and if you are doing this then you are limited in your contemplations and considerations. You might easily fall into a perception which is prejudiced and based on matters and could greatly reduce the value of any contemplative effort you are practicing.
Notice too how you have personal motivations and beliefs about what you are thinking about and considering. For example: I may be considering renewing my multi vitamins at the end of the month. I am contemplating when to get them, where to buy them, how much I will spend, and how much should I buy and which ones I should get. I am also contemplating what it would be like to go without them. The benefits I personally get from taking them etc. All of this one contemplation is attached to personal motivations and desires and is attached to other thoughts.
Listen to how your thoughts are intertwined and connected within your brain, your mind. Focus on one thought, a simple thought like one word or one picture or one idea. Now then, when you do this be aware (because your mind and brain will do this automatically) of how your brain is connecting up that one thought with the rest of your brain. Be aware and listen to how this is happening, all the while making sure to keep that one single thought as the anchor and reference point.
Now notice the other thoughts and interactions of thoughts –your thoughts, your mind, your reality and personal perception and perspective. Notice how you also have certain motivations and desires and wants about certain things you are contemplating. When you are contemplating on certain matters what you are doing is mentally seeing how they interact and fit into the bigger picture; and you are actively assessing various possibilities, actions, reactions, and outcomes.
You may be contemplating simply as a mental activity of observation and being aware of the interactions, causes and effects, of the world and life and your present reality. This is what we do. It is human rationality and mind function. It is how we perceive our world and our personal reality.
The other important but often neglected point about contemplation and meditation is that you allow yourself moments and times throughout your day to do it. Some people call these times meditation, which is like contemplation. Feel okay and respectful of yourself to take the time to think and ponder or relax and observe you thoughts and ideas. They are yours. They are part of who you are. Respect and cherish your own thoughts. Take out the time to have your thoughts and meditation. This is how you clear your mind and assess what is going on in your life. It may be all throughout your day or perhaps at times you may like to specifically have a peaceful place where and when you do this. The important thing is that you feel okay about taking time to reflect and think about things and this can be very positively useful to you.
- I Can’t Meditate Because I Cant Clear My Mind. (cleephillips1.wordpress.com)
- Getting Ready For Contemplation (richlewis3.wordpress.com)
- The Renaissance of Thought (wonderfultips.wordpress.com)