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 Manard Pirsig (1928-2017) Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values {1974}
• Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate. — Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Italian theologian

Tip: A proper environment is very conducive to a contemplative state. A natural setting seems to be ideal. Seek out a God-made or man-made garden.

Question: The Eightfold Path: right views, aspirations, speech, conduct, livelihood, effort, mindfulness, and, contemplation? — Siddhartha Gautama “The Buddha” (c. 563-483 bc) Nepalese holy man
     Note: What is beyond the eightfold path? Contemplation of the Divine.

Symbols: 1) a mandala; 2) a mountaintop