Contemplation in Spirituality


Spirituality is the fundamental source of energy that fuels all our relationships, work, emotions, and anything else we may consider meaningful. Each faith and each religion is based on the foundation of spirituality.

Spirituality includes a sense of connection to something bigger than us. Spirituality comes in many forms and contemplation is one of them. Contemplation is the practice of being fully present in a way that allows you to creatively respond and work towards a goal.

The difference between a contemplative mind and contemplative “knowing” is that the mind is all about receiving and being present in the moment without critique or judgment. Whereas contemplative “knowing” is more holistic in nature, where the mind, heart, and soul are open and receptive to the moment just as it is.

We often associate contemplation with calmness and silence. However, contemplation involves directly perceiving and responding to things  in a loving manner. It is an experience that usually occurs in the context of prayer. Contemplation can be described as a way of letting go of your sensations, habitual thoughts, and feelings so that one can connect to a greater truth than themselves.

Contemplation has ancient roots and the meaning keeps evolving and thus it cannot be easily defined. People can practice various forms of contemplation like focused breathing, prayer, movement (dancing, yoga), or even music (singing, drumming, etc.,) as they may resonate with certain practices.

The act of contemplation or practicing contemplative activity helps gradually rewire our brain to respond to life and reality with love and understanding.

Hi, I'm Pushpam Appalanaidu

I was born and raised in Perak, Malaysia in a large family. My formal education was in Klang Valley and Petaling Jaya. My roots are from India as my name suggests and from the coastal city of Vizag, on the banks of the famous Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh. With strong connections with India, values my parents imbibed in me and strong inclination to spirituality. I was initiated by Swami Chidananda from Divine Life Society, founded by Swami Sivananda, Rishikesh.

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