Learn how to contemplate
For those who want to learn the art of contemplation, two books are required, or a book and a computer, or a phone and a computer, for the practical side of recording contemplations.
A small daily notebook or a phone will need to be carried to make notes of issues and inspiring thoughts that will occur during the course of your day. The other book is a larger, loose-leaf daily journal, or a computer.
In order to awaken the contemplative mind, the main area of focus is that of Daily Awareness, with four other connected areas around it, much like a mind map.
Five Areas Of Contemplative Focus
- Daily Awareness…especially those instances, relationships and synchronicity’s in life that either push our buttons or inspire us. They are our own particular opportunities to learn something about ourselves, others and life. What are they attempting to teach us? For example, what are those people offering to us either consciously or subconsciously? What is the personal meaning, and what is the universal meaning? As we discover ourselves, we discover others, and vice versa. This focus on daily awareness will be the main source of contemplations.
- Daily Focus…to focus on a particular theme for a day to see how this affects our day…how particular emotions and feelings arise in ourselves, as well as how others respond to our daily focus. What do we want to learn or portray of our true nature this day, and what hinders this focus? How does daily focus tie in with, and become long-term focus for our wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of our family and community.
- Major Viewpoint Change…(where a transformation of our outlook occurs.) Did this changed outlook result in any changing of behaviour? Is this an opportunity to change our pathway, and therefore possibly our destiny.
- Love’s Bounty…what have I learned about love this day? All of our life’s interactions ultimately appear to be about love in some way. I have observed that one of the primary actions of love, is that of opening the beholder to a more inclusive view of life. What has life opened to us, and what have we opened to others and to life? For example, another may offer us something, or we may suddenly notice something in another or in nature, because our awareness suddenly becomes larger.
- Code Of Simplicity…we are constantly surrounded by the increasing complexities of civilisation, often at the cost of our personal peace and humanity. Legions of Government, Judicial, Educational, Multinational, Scientific, Religious, Medical, and Media bring escalating pressure to ultimately want our agreement, conformity and subservience. We may ask, “What can I do this day to return my life and possibly the lives of others, to an enjoyment of the simple, natural pleasures?”
These five areas will be recorded in the loose-leaf daily journal, phone or computer.
How To Contemplate
Each day we are presented with personal lessons by the infinite forces of life. We have the opportunity to take notice of these lessons and learn from them, or to disregard and not value them.
Basically I see that we have two primary areas upon which to contemplate; they are…
1. Whatever pushes our buttons, and
2. Whatever inspires us.
From these two areas we will learn all there is to learn about our reason for being, as well as the coherence of life. All of which inevitably has got something to do with the awareness of love and truth, and learning about them.
The contemplative process is really quite simple. However it needs practice before the contemplative mind approach becomes second nature.
Yet right from the beginning, we will be learning and growing insightfully, and in the process creating our own unique mind and path of wisdom.
During the day it is essential to carry a small finely bound notebook or phone to briefly record any of the two primary areas of possible contemplation (mentioned above) that may occur.
In the evening or whenever appropriate, sit in a quiet environment with one’s notebook or phone, as well as the daily journal (or computer) opened at the section titled “Daily Awareness” (but do not write yet).
Then refer to the notes in the notebook or phone, and mindfully revisit in as much detail as possible, the source of conflict or inspiration, and how it affected oneself personally and/ or others (particularly emotionally, or alternatively one’s feelings).
Go over even the smallest detail, because very often the smallest detail may contain a key that unlocks the entire experience. Then go over the experience from a more meditative, larger universal, view. Allow the experience to soak in from this new view, and ask what this experience is attempting to show?
Away from the constraints of the personal and often selfish ego, the experience when viewed in this way will naturally be viewed from a position of selflessness. Furthermore when viewed this way, the contemplations that arise, often have a far reaching wisdom beyond the confines of one’s own personal experience. Such wisdom has a natural timeless quality to it.
If the experience is complicated, then write it down or write down the details, if it will help to make the experience clearer.
One may use the senses in order to pull out the essentials from the experience. For example, what did I see; what did I hear; smell, taste, touch, feel, and emote personally, and then, what did these things attempt to show me from a loving, universal viewpoint?
The experience viewed meditatively and universally will naturally start to pour forth insights, which will arise not from one’s ego mind, but from one’s true nature, together with a depth of feeling, and a height of mindfulness.
As the insights arise, write them down into a wisdom retelling of the experience in the, “Daily Awareness” section.
Some experiences may need retelling in more than one contemplation, otherwise the contemplation may become too complicated, especially as there can often arise a completely new way of perceiving events. Therefore allow a natural simplicity to bind each contemplation until you are more experienced.
Finally give the contemplation a title, and then copy and number it in your journal (or computer).
Synthesising Of Mind
As you develop the contemplative mind, the synthesising effect of this mind will sometimes quite naturally create whole contemplations in one’s thinking, either catalysed by aware-filled moments, or by events that occur, or sometimes as a result of reading over one’s own contemplations. At its height you may experience conversations with others, filled with contemplative wisdom.
Record Contemplations At Earliest Opportunity
Remember, contemplations are a great gift of insight, and therefore at your earliest opportunity, they ought to be recorded. Similarly, if a contemplation or part of a contemplation occurs to you, then write it down immediately, even if it is in the middle of the night, or at work, on a bus, at a party and so on, otherwise it is often forgotten.
The contemplative mind operates 24 hours a day, if you show it your love, by recording its wisdom, it will remain with you to add depth, joy and meaning to your life.
Learning To Be Mindfully Observant
Contemplation is an ancient art with roots that extend into antiquity. Those who have contemplated have learned that wisdom arises from mindful observation, experienced upon a background of universal and eternal interconnection. In this way timeless truths may become known.
As a Contemplative, and as far as I am able, I desire to look beyond my perceptual inheritance and conditioning. To look beyond unexamined thoughts and beliefs for a deeper truth.
Life Naturally Gives Us An Education, But Are We Paying Attention?
Life will naturally give us an education, if we choose to see its clues and to hear its message. Every day we are all presented with lessons by the infinite forces of life. This education is our right, as well as the right of all people, and all lifeforms. It is given freely. Whatever occurs in our life is our true education, and this is the basis for our self-discovery, as well as our personal discovery of the World, along with our role in it. By paying attention to these lessons we can learn to think and ponder freely and independently.
Behind all lessons there are understandings about life, truth and love. Such lessons will apply to us personally, yet they will also bring with them a universal meaning. We also recognise that at times we will be confronted by these lessons, whilst at other times we will be inspired.
As Contemplatives, we choose to learn more fully from direct experience; this is our primary form of learning. Our secondary form of learning is to be taught or institutionally educated, however, we can now choose not to solely rely on such beliefs or theories.
As Contemplatives, we can ask ourselves, “What have I learned about love and truth this day? Am I choosing a larger awareness? For I recognise that by keeping hold of the same level of awareness, I will not be able to move forward into a larger understanding. So I will pay attention to the evolving patterns and synchronicity’s that life presents to me. For in these I can begin to draw out a contemplative view, knowing that all things have significance, and even in the smallest I may find a universal truth to help sustain or inspire myself or others. Therefore my wisdom may grow upon an ever-expanding, perceptual platform, from which to view all.”
True perception, grounded upon earthly experience is the basis of contemplation, as well as an ongoing basis for transcendence.
On this basis we can choose to deeply consider.
Begin With One Contemplation Each Day
To have one contemplation per day is to take a profound leap in one’s creativity and level of awareness.
One contemplation per day will add immeasurable wealth to our lives. However, if we find it difficult to find experiences with which to contemplate, we are likely not paying enough attention during our day.
Looking Beyond Modern Transience
Surely, much of what is deemed popular, necessary or valuable in contemporary life will be forgotten in a few short years. Therefore we are looking beyond such fashionable and transient trends.
Wiser Day on Earth is for those seeking meaning, purpose, and loving transcendence towards a greater union and synthesis with Humanity and the boundless.
Please bear in mind that Wiser Day on Earth is an introduction to the art of contemplation, it is not an end in itself. Once the essentials of contemplation are grasped, it can become a key to a life of revealing and illuminating life practice.
In the following Faculties, Contemplatives will have the opportunity to focus on particular areas at particular times of their lives. For most of us, we will not be able to avoid interacting with what these Faculties represent in our lives.
The listing of Faculties may or may not be complete for particular users, and therefore Contemplatives will be able to add a new Faculty if they so desire.
Faculty of Education, Mind and Perception
Faculty of Communication and Conflict Awareness
Faculty of Emotions and Feelings.
Faculty of Truth
Faculty of Love
Faculty of Relationship, Sexuality and Family
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
Faculty of Arts and Humanity
Faculty of Prayer, Meditation and Transcendence
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