Some people will take Holy Week as a time for contemplation and introspection. It… works… at times because you force yourself into thinking there’s nothing to worry about. In the chaos of today’s life, Holy Week is the one time of the year that people go on vacations. It is hard to be ‘contemplative’ when surrounded by people. It gets even harder to be contemplative during holy week surround by people.
You don’t have to be religious, or full of faith to be contemplative or introspective.
Sometimes ‘enlightenment’ comes also from doing simple things. Sweeping the floor, cleaning your room. Sometimes, a keyboard and a text editor can do wonders for your soul. Even your phone’s text editor can be your friend.
Think without thinking. A lot of people do this already without knowing it.
Take it from me. The best time to be contemplative and to be introspective is to take a walk, alone. Doesn’t have to be going to the park. Doesn’t have to be a walk down the beach. And it doesn’t have to be with all your ‘gadgets’ turned off, and be disconnected. When there are far too many days that it would seem the universe was crap, I would spend a few minutes to a few hours on end either thinking nothing, or plain and simply: Be honest with yourself. If I may stress— be brutally honest with yourself. Sometimes all it takes is to listen to that inner voice that’s in all of us, and sometimes, we just need to zone out.
Sometimes being contemplative and introspective is all about asking the right questions. Like if we failed at a relationship or an attempt at one— “Where you too selfish? too ‘Me, me me,’ and less about ‘her, her her’?” And it is the same when dealing with other people. Have we been too self-centered? What have you done to give something back to normal people? Common decency? Respect?
I understand being ‘Alone’ scares the whole crap out of people, even when they don’t say so out loud, and might not even know it. As an introvert, I’ve spent countless hours ‘being alone’ simply because this is how ‘we survive’ the noise, and the people. Sometimes being alone, and being contemplative and introspective is staring out at a window, with a clear mind.
Epiphany strikes at her own leisure, but we have to be in a frame of mind to realize what she is saying. You have to be honest with yourself. You don’t need to be holy to do this. You just have to listen, and you just have to accept what that voice is telling you. And you have to act.
You don’t need Holy Week to do this.
Take a walk.
Think without thinking. Do without doing.