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navel-contemplation

The act of excessively focusing on one's personal problems or concerns, to the exclusion of other people or other issues. She said my navel-contemplation was one of the biggest reasons she broke up with me. If our party is going to be successful in the future, then we can't be dragged down by navel-contemplation about the loss of this election.

navel-gazing

The act of excessively focusing on one's personal problems or concerns, to the exclusion of other people or other issues. She said my navel-gazing was one of the biggest reasons she broke up with me. If our party is going to be successful in the future, then we can't be dragged down by navel-gazing about the loss of this election.
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navel-contemplation

If you accuse someone of navel-gazing or navel-contemplation, you are criticizing them for thinking only about themselves and their own problems or activities, rather than the problems or activities of other people. Tory MP Martin Brison says he is more interested in developing policies for the future than in navel-gazing about the past. He called for an end to Labor's post-election navel-gazing. Note: Navel-gazing can be used before a noun. The film is a sort of navel-gazing look at Hollywood. Note: You can also say that someone gazes at their navel or contemplates their navel. The Institute has always been notorious for contemplating its own navel. Note: These expressions are used to show disapproval. Note: Your navel is your tummy button or belly button.
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One volume is Contemplations; the other two are Gradations and Fascinations.
To cite a few "refreshing" examples, the first selection in the Contemplations volume is "Barncleupedie (with apologies to Erik Satie)" by James MacMillan.
German-born Musicologist and concert pianist Siglind Bruhn presents Messiaen's Contemplations of Covenant and Incarnation: Musical Symbols of Faith in the Two Great Piano Cycles of the 1940s, a scholarly, hermeneutic analysis of two spiritually motivated instrumental compositions by renowned composer Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992): "Visions de l'Amen" for two pianos (1943) and "Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus" for piano solo (1944).
Cullen, veteran narrator of many Blackstone books, maintains a mild, professorial tone appropriate to Thoreau's contemplations. Thoreau's 19th-century language may be challenging to some modern listeners.
Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures: Contemplations (Meta Records 002)
When you see contemplation as the active probing and combining of many ideas rather than mindless meditation on a single theme, you will begin to see the aptness of this recording's rifle.
Phillip Damien, Hani, Frankie Knuckles, Brinsley Evans, and Hex Hector all complement Cardwell's classy contemplations with aural settings worthy of her worldly-wise sophistication.
Chapters address Hatcher's Bahai response to classic passages justifying God in Plato's "The Republic", The Book of Job, Boethius' "Consolation of Philosophy", and Milton's "Pardise Lost"; recommendations of physical reality "prenatal exercises for our second birth"; contemplations on Divine Sustenance and the Bahai concept of afterlife; and much more.
From "The Israel-Shoah Link" to "Recovering the European Perspective on Post-Holocaust Theology" to "Christianity after the Holocaust and in the Twenty-First Century" and more, these essays deal with complex theological questions and issues in a meticulous, and well-reasoned manner, supplemented with excerpts and contemplations concerning the sacred texts themselves.
From Rahner's literate and impassioned reply to a letter from one who loved God but was disillusioned with the Church, to his thoughts on the role of Mary in theology, to contemplations upon the inexplicable mysteries of terrible suffering in the modern world and what truly lies beyond death, Karl Rahner: Spiritual Writings is a profound contribution of a truly holy and selfless man to religion and spirituality shelves.