contemplate

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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.
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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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Contemplators in this group who had been previously introduced to ACP were motivated and willing to engage further in EOL planning, yet quite a few admitted to procrastinating for more than 6 months, with some remaining at the contemplation or preparation stages for years without completing the process.
If they were to find such a light, they might save the rich beauty of the world from its reduction to clear and distinct objectivity--offering us something to enjoy, not master, and bidding us rise, at least for a moment, to the place of leisurely contemplators, not anxious workers.
It ennobles neither the sufferer nor the contemplator.
Whether it is read by my contemporaries or by posterity matters not: let it await a reader for a hundred years, as God Himself has been ready for a contemplator for six thousand years
The author dedicates each of the two long chapters of his book to <<Media and Entertainment>> and <<Live Entertainment>>, respectively, which would seem to suggest a distinction between <<textual>> mediation, which keeps it distance and where the viewer is limited to his or her condition as a contemplator, and live enjoyment, which allows and requires participation but which are both considered as <<entertainment>>.
It was almost as if the ritual context of this drama required him to be in a state of self-alienation from his avowed vocation as healer of women and contemplator of the divine.
Although Connie could most certainly still be described as a passive recipient in the first two sexual encounters with Parkin in the film, ironically she is imagined as assertive in her role as active observer or at least contemplator.
Rousseau shows us the aesthetic subject not as producer but as one now contemplator, having been artist.
Baudelaire described Woman as "a divinity, a star, which presides at all the conceptions of the brain of man; a glittering conglomeration of all the graces of Nature, condensed into a single being; the object of the keenest admiration and curiosity that the picture of life can offer its contemplator.
Through stage fluctuation was expected, the therapist's goals during these first few weeks with Jamie were that he eventually enter therapy most consistently as a contemplator (i.
The viewer can not longer be a mere contemplator, a phenomenon that the philosopher Ortega y Gasset (1976, p.
Identifying the positive and negative aspects of continuing to smoke and emphasizing the negative consequences of continuing to smoke will help the contemplator resolve ambivalence toward continuing to smoke.
Unlike the precontemplator, the contemplator is willing to consider change and may even acknowledge that change would be beneficial.
Thus, a participant responding with a "three" on the ladder was classified as a contemplator (equal to rung two) because the minimum requirements for membership in the preparation stage (rung four) had not been met.