Socrates said that “the unexamined life is not worth living.”
But in the midst of all the responsibilities and complexities of twenty-first century life, who has time for self-examination and contemplation?
I certainly feel that my life is too full that I cannot make time and space for contemplation. And I feel guilty about it. As a Christian, contemplation and meditation are spiritual practices that could enrich my life.
Besides, meditation surged to popularity over the past few years, thanks to a number of influencers attesting to its effectiveness in promoting mindfulness, focus, and happiness.
As I write this, it is 11:53pm on a Wednesday. I was so tempted to just call it a day and go to sleep. But I didn’t want to miss a day of writing after doing so for 8 consecutive days.
Maybe this act of writing is a form of meditation and contemplation. When I put words on the page, I feel a sense of release and a sense of freedom in the midst of my busy days. I also clarify my thoughts when I write on my blog or on my journal.
Perhaps, all I need is to sit down and write–no matter what the topic is or how busy I may feel during the day. Perhaps, as I cultivate this discipline, I get to contemplate and reflect on my life and the world around me.