contemplate your navel

contemplate (one's) navel

To be excessively focused on one's personal problems or concerns. Good luck getting John's attention—he's too busy contemplating his navel to help anybody else.
See also: contemplate, navel
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contemplate your navel

spend time complacently considering yourself or your own interests; concentrate on one issue at the expense of a wider view.
See also: contemplate, navel
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Life is too short to contemplate your navel. Go contemplate someone else's.
You r only r ecourse would be to ascend some far flung mountain and contemplate your navel amongst the wildlife living there, although I am sure they would soon sense what you are and give you a very wide berth.
This butts out quite neatly into the back garden and is a pleasant area to sit and read, have morning coffee, the occasional barbecue, or sunbathe and contemplate your navel.
SCORPIO: There is still work to be done and fun to have in love but not if you 'contemplate your navel' - go get 'em tiger!
Master of ceremonies Canon Bryan Bjerring introduced a video tribute produced by Anglican Video, featuring advice from retired South African archbishop Desmond Tutu ("Michael, throw away the diary for a little while and contemplate your navel!") and some words from the presiding bishop of the U.S.