When we talk about meditation, we tend to think of meditative states, such as dharana, in which the mind is still but not objectified. Contemplation, on the other hand, entails a more structured and objectified state of awareness. Nonetheless, it is possible to practice both types of meditation. In this article, we’ll explore the difference between contemplation and meditation, as well as the benefits of each type.
While meditating, you’ll find that your attention tends to drift. In order to avoid this, you must apply awareness in meditation. Eventually, the average meditator will awaken to awareness of attention drift and will return to bearing witness, pure abiding, and purusha consciousness. In this way, meditation and contemplation can be complementary and beneficial. Here’s how:
While contemplation helps us to experience a deep state of mindfulness, meditation goes beyond ordinary knowledge. In ordinary thought, the mind produces limited content and a limited view. It’s ruled by the cerebral cortex and frontal lobes, which are both responsible for objectification and differentiation. Though useful for certain applications, ordinary thought is self-limiting in spiritual pursuits. The mind’s limited view is rooted in dualistic thought processes, reductionism, and differentiation.