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Noun1.self-contemplation - the contemplation of your own thoughts and desires and conductself-contemplation - the contemplation of your own thoughts and desires and conduct
musing, reflection, rumination, thoughtfulness, contemplation, reflexion - a calm, lengthy, intent consideration
self-analysis, soul-searching - a penetrating examination of your own beliefs and motives
examen, examination - a detailed inspection of your conscience (as done daily by Jesuits)
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It is my diseased self-contemplation that has engendered and nourished him.
To be fair, however, it should be mentioned that Ringmar states explicitly that Liberal Barbarism is neither a book about history generally nor about China specifically but rather that it was developed in the spirit of critical European self-contemplation (therefore acknowledging that the text basically disregards the Chinese side of the coin).
The firm said: "As much as we were convinced that our masterplan would be a good platform for the radical re-invention of what a world exhibition could be in the 21st century, we understood that the organisers would not undertake the necessary steps to convince the participating nations to give up on their conventional indulging in self-contemplation instead of focusing on their specific contribution to agriculture and food production.
A sense of perverseness was also evident in a sort of vain hostility towards readership and a retractile attitude that favoured a dizzying and melancholic self-contemplation of monstrosity.
Buddhists tell us meditation, self-contemplation and intuition is the way to happiness.
I got to sample the delights of the Child Ballads and traditional storytelling, without needing to immerse myself in the austerity and self-contemplation of the traditional folk club.
When I see someone connect within themselves, when music stimulates reflection, self-contemplation, to witness inner growth - whether it is spiritual, psychological or emotional - and it doesn't matter how old you are.

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