Journaling is the easiest way to begin your practice of contemplation. By journaling, you’re recording your experience and your feelings about that experience for future review. This can be very helpful, because sometimes the answers aren’t immediate. In fact, there have been many situations where the full impact of an experience was not revealed to me for several years.Another form of contemplation is connecting with the Spirit. In this method, you ask yourself a question about whatever it is you’re experiencing, in your life or in meditation, and wait for the answer to come from deep within yourself. As you practice this, your ability to distinguish between your own mind giving you an answer and the Spirit offering you its wisdom will become more apparent. I utilize both of these methods to some extent throughout my day. Sometimes, I’m not in a position to journal (like when I’m at work). Other times lend themselves more easily to journaling (like right after my meditation practice). The third method for contemplation uses both methods in conjunction with each other. Using them together creates a synergy that often unlocks some of the issues you may be really struggling with. When this happens, it can have a profound impact on your life. Here’s how: Journal about your experience, and the feelings you have about it. Then connect with the Spirit, and wait for its response. Then journal about what the Spirit reveals to you. If you continue to have difficulty with the experience, you can return to this practice multiple times. As I stated before, sometimes, it may take days, weeks, months or even years to fully contemplate an experience, good or bad. If you have any questions, or if you’d like to share your experience with me, please contact me.