contemplate (one's) navel

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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.
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For heaven's sake, will these eminent leaders of our faith cease wringing their hands and contemplating their navels, and get out and about and enjoy life, spread the joyous word of Christmas before all of what is left of their congregations has vanished for ever.
I know we're only shown the reality they want us to see, but let's be honest, it's more fun watching a group of people having a blazing row than sitting comfortably contemplating their navels - or each other's.
It's time the churches stop contemplating their navels and plying only the narrow focus of personal salvation.
Meanwhile, England were contemplating their navels after being bowled out for 221 by a state reserve team.
And without wanting to sound too uncharitable there's a nice symmetry about the English being forced to start contemplating their navels while we finally feel secure enough to lift our heads from ours.
Usually it's breakfast or car lifts they're in danger of missing if they spend that extra 20 minutes contemplating their navels or deciding which pair of hair clips to wear.