Practising contemplation: Is it really difficult for everyone to do it?Nowadays, everyone is so busy in their lives that they do not have time for anyone, not even for themselves. They have either no time or very little time for contemplation. Sometimes people also find it difficult to contemplate. There may be different reasons for different people. Such as when a person contemplates a thing or an action, s/he thinks about it deeply, from various angles and for a very long time, its pros and cons, and then decides whether to do it or not. It takes both time and patience, so most people do not have the time to contemplate.
Apart from the spare time for contemplation, people also find it difficult to concentrate on and contemplate things. Because when we think about contemplation, we think about prayer, meditation, silence, etc. People usually connect contemplation and prayer with some divine or sacred person. In his book, Aristotle also refers to contemplation as "the highest human activity." Hence, most people think that contemplation can only be practised by saints.
Furthermore, based on the type of thoughts, contemplation may have different effects. If a person practises contemplation of positive things around him, then he can find peace and happiness around him. While, if he is engaged in contemplating negative thoughts, then he can never be happy. Hence, people usually avoid contemplating things.
Contemplation is a very powerful virtue that gives the power of analysis and enhances mindfulness. It trains the mind to think and know the cause and effect of any action. It improves alertness and self-control. Actually, contemplation is a way of life. Though contemplation is not that hard to practice, and with regular practice, it can become a habit, some people may feel some difficulty. Yet efforts should be made to contemplate the development of a contemplative habit so that people can have complete peace and eternal joy in their lives.
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