Reflections: Contemplation

Reflections for the Week: Contemplation

It’s been a challenging week for many as once again we are caught in the grip of violent events, and the deaths of innocent people. Many people have turned to social media as a way to vent their anger, upset and frustration. 

Tensions are running high.
People are speaking and acting hastily. 

Voices and tempers are raised. 

Knowing what to do for the best can feel overwhelming. When life challenges us individually, we can respond the same way.  Perhaps you have been faced with a difficulty, and don’t know which way to turn. A noisy mind can mean making the ‘right’ decision becomes awkward and frustrating. 

Contemplation is a means to decide what’s for the best; taking time out to pause and reflect. And, by definition, contemplation takes its time. 

A mantra is a word or phrase you can repeat as the object or focus of your meditation.  Here is how you can use ‘contemplation’ as a mantra.  Make yourself comfortable and spend a few minutes observing your breath. Every time you are troubled by worries or frustrations, acknowledge them and let them go. Then:

🌀 Repeat the word Contemplation with every out breath;
🌀 Connect with what you may need to contemplate right now, in your life.  Stay focused and calm, using your breath as an anchor if your mind starts to wander; 
🌀 Continue to breathe in and out slowly and gently, and allow your mind and body to relax. Any insights that arrive during your contemplation can be acknowledged and released, knowing you don’t have to do anything at this point. Allow thoughts to come and go. 

Once you have completed your practise, note any actions you wish to take and consider your options with the help of a friend or relevant professional. 

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