Contemplation during Meditation

November 4, 2022 Meditation No Comments

Meditation is an excellent mental environment in which contemplation can take place. In a good way, contemplation doesn’t diminish the meditation but rather strengthens it from the inside.

Etymology

From the Latin Contemplatio: an ‘act of looking at, considering, religious musing.’ Templum is, of course, a temple where religious musing takes place.

Contemplation is not simply daydreaming, ruminating, or fretting about something at the surface level. It is a musing related to depth.

Meditation as searching Openness

Meditation can be seen as self-invitation to ‘free the mind’ of conceptual thinking, thereby making room for something else ― say, the subconceptual.

Pointed concentration can help free the mind from other concepts. Of course, the object of concentration can become a mind-filler by itself, but that is not the aim. The goal is to use this technique to prevent the free-flowing of all other concepts.

Meditation is about the opening of one’s inner mental landscape. This way, in contemplation, other new things can come and find a place where they are welcome.

Contemplation within Openness

Contemplation is always about something: a happening, an idea, a question, an expected emotion…

Compared to pointed concentration, contemplation does not rigidly (try to) focus the mind on this or that one thing. The object of contemplation is meant to be movable, to evolve in a way that brings mental growth to the meditator.

Inspiration: ‘spirit’ enters your mental house

This is inspiring through your mentally opening yourself to the object of contemplation. It brings original viewpoints (origo = the source itself) that can lead to new insights which are congruent with your deeper self or total person.

An experienced meditator can use this happening not to let his meditation be interrupted or diminished but to let what happens under the meditative surface emerge afterwards. This way, after a few hours or days of meditation, he can indulge in a period of heightened inspiration.

Conversely, in the case of writer’s block, the writer can better not try to enforce the Muse but take the occasion to go on a meditation retreat. This doesn’t automatically bring inspiration. It is a path that still needs to be traveled. At least, it’s an interesting path.

Other uses of contemplative meditation

One can contemplate on any personal issue. It works to put effort into it and, even so, not to expect miracles to happen. There is no free lunch or free inspiration. It requires spontaneity as well as hard work if needed.

Integrating it in a course of psychotherapy is always interesting on the condition that one feels OK with the contemplation. It’s always interesting to integrate it as a part of mental growth.

As in AurelisOnLine sessions

These are all meditative. They are made so and meant to be experienced as such, thus giving room for contemplation concerning specific issues.

Right after a session, the user can take some minutes to ‘muse’ about what just happened and contemplate a bit more. The Muse may then visit you and you can do some work together.

If you see her, say hello.

Leave a Reply

Related Posts

Experiencing THIS Apple

This is an apple meditation. Please follow the experience. Let yourself flow along as it goes. If you do this with a real apple, don’t immediately eat it. An apple You look at an apple. You can eat it. You experience it. You probably know this kind of apple. How many did you eat already? Read the full article…

Nirvana and Depression: Same Emptiness?

Concepts of Nirvana and Mental Depression are not usually brought together. Yet they do share important commonalities, to say the least. Of course, deep suffering is not bliss. Depression and nirvana Major depression is described by many sufferers as the worst experience one can get. It is the darkest emptiness, devoid of any meaning or Read the full article…

Mindfulness, Lights and Glow

One can understand ‘mindfulness’ in two different ways, which are distinguishable from each other in the metaphor of the ‘lights’ and the ‘behind the glow.’ These two ways are even opposed at this critical point, although they are two poles that also flow into each other.  • mindfulness with primary attention to the lights The underlying Read the full article…

Translate »