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Definitions: (1) looking at intently; gazing; observing; (2) continued thoughtful application of the mind to a subject; focusing on with great interest; meditating upon; studying; (3) anticipating something coming in the future; looking forward to; expectant; (4) a spiritual person devoted to deliberation of the divine and to prayer; in a state of mystical awareness

Synonyms: considering, musing, reflective


It’s so hard when contemplated in advance, and so easy when you do it.

— Robert M. Pirsig (1928-2017) Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values

Tip: A proper environment is very conducive to a contemplative state. A natural setting seems to be ideal. Seek out a Godmade or manmade garden.

Symbols: 1) a mandala; 2) a mountaintop