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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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One fundamental difficulty when applying the TTM is accurately defining and classifying each individual into one of the six stages of precontemplators (believers and disbelievers), contemplators, preparers, actioners, and maintainers (Prochaska et al., 1988).
Critique: Deftly written so as to be completely accessible for the non-specialist general reader, "The Contemplator: Practical Philosophy to Keep Your Mind Clear, Body Light, and Spirit Free" is as thoughtful and thought-provoking as it is inspired and inspiring.
The distinction between subject and object no longer exists in the contemplator and s/he no longer suffers.
But Weiss's bent was journalistic rather than literary; she was a chronicler, not a contemplator; outward-gazing rather than introspective; and perhaps she felt that the simple facts of her extremely unsimple circumstances needed a little rhetorical glitz to elevate her account from informational dossier to inspirational classic.
There is no absolute physical reality which a mind may contemplate in its pure independence of the contemplator and the conditions of his contemplation.
Theory is thus detached from the place of happiness occupied by a leisurely contemplator (what Blumenberg calls "bliss") and becomes instead a mode of effort and concern for oneself aiming at security.
Feld posits that Pascal recommends one to arrest the impulse toward diversion and contemplate the void: face to face with this absolute emptiness the contemplator will realize that the nothing is tragically one's own groundless ground of being.
Nonetheless, this might allow the contemplator to benefit from these terms in an area that did not interest Ricoeur, i.e.
Ricardo de San Victor ([dagger] 1173) es conocido con el sobrenombre Magnus Contemplator, debido probablemente a sus escritos sobre la vida espiritual.
The contemplator is having the same ultimate goal as the person who lives the life of ethically virtuous activity.
It ennobles neither the sufferer nor the contemplator. Only the tragedy of the spirit can liberate and uplift.
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!" (9)