I am reminded when I see images of reflection to step away from my daily affairs and give time for contemplation. In its simplest form, it’s a practice of thinking or pondering deeply about something for a period of time. Such practice results in our awakening to truths that have alluded us and help us grow into more complete beings.
We need to contemplate many things in our life. Our relationships, personal challenges, the work we do, and how we spend our time often top the list. But we also need to ponder the bigger issues, such as why we are having a human experience, what our purpose is in life, and ultimately the source of our being. It’s through the practice of contemplation that we learn, grow and become the best version of ourselves that we can be.
Contemplative practice takes many forms (yoga, meditation, time in nature) and often works its magic when many different things that we may have thought about individually, come together collectively in a new way to reveal a more complete picture of something.
A few days ago I blogged about my increasing awareness of the sentient nature of animals, and how our treatment of them directly reflects how we treat ourselves. Now I have always been a lover of animals, so this awareness was really just a deepening of something I have always felt. Then Kelly and I watched Forks Over Knives, a documentary championing a whole-food plant-based diet. In the past I would have acknowledged the content, but likely not altered my eating habits.
But as I contemplated the sentient nature of animals AND the benefits of a plant-based diet, I realized my relationship with food needs to radically change! And it didn’t help that someone also suggested I watch this video narrated by Sir Paul McCartney.
So the image today honors reflection, contemplation, and my own awakening to develop an entirely new relationship with food.