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Contemplation Seats

Stations

  • Midland Road, Bedford
  • ST. Johns, Bedford.
  • Kempston Hardwick
  • Stewartby
  • Millbrook
  • Lidlington
  • Ridgmont
  • Aspley Guise
  • Woburn Sands
  • Bow Brickhill
  • Fenny Stratford
  • Bletchley

Contemplation Seats are a pilot project of “Snakes and Ladders Urban ~ Rural”.

www.snakesandladdersurban-rural.com

Contemplation seat #1

The body
Matter
The material, physical you
The fabric or stuff of life
The vehicle the shell the container
Earth, air, fire and water ~ solid, liquid, gas and plasma
Complexity

Questions

  • How does your body feel today?
  • Reflect upon your physical self, how it has changed over time, what it has gone through.
  • Sit for a minute and feel the weight of your bones.
  • The blood and water flowing through your circulatory and digestive systems.
  • The air breathing in and out of your lungs.
  • And the heat that your form is giving out.
  • Sit with an awareness of these functions for a while.

Contemplation seat #2

The ego
The personality [personalities]
The functioning self
Foundation and infrastructure
Bi-directional interface
Dreaming, intuition, images and patterns
Reflections and mirrors
Security and independence
Unity and translation

Questions

  • The ego is the interface between your inner world and the external world and other people, it is how you present yourself to others, your style and performance. How do you present yourself to others today?
  • Are you willful
  • Willing

Or

  • Willless today?
  • Sit for a while and contemplate the ‘self’ you present to others
    today

Contemplation seat #3

Data
Responses
Information
Fact, theory, thinking
Monitoring systems
Language
Splendor and glory
Abstraction ~ conceptualization
Internal representation
Honesty and truth
The illusion of order

Questions

  • Your thought processes, information, data, problems and solutions are they too active?
  • What are you thinking about today?
  • What thoughts are you addicted too?
  • Can you calm your thoughts?
  • Sit for a while and observe your thoughts.

Contemplation seat #4

Emotions
Desires
Cycles
Patterns
Practice
Operating systems
Habits
Behaviour
Victory and endurance
Selflessness
Textures, smells, tastes, sounds and colours ~ the senses

Questions

  • How are you feeling (emotionally)?
  • Creatively?
  • Are you feeling excited, active or calm?
  • What are your desires?
  • Sit and contemplate your desires without becoming carried away by them or acting on them.

Contemplation seat #5

The contemplative self
I
The driver
Beauty
Compassion
Devotion
Passion, determination and hubris
Pride
Joy and laughter
Identification
Balance ~ wholeness

Questions

  • What do you find beautiful?
  • Contemplate this for a while.

Contemplation seat #6

Strength
Discrimination
Control
Judgment
Law, power and justice
Restraint and authority
Limitation
Duty and obedience
Courage

Questions

  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Are you truthful with yourself about them?
  • Do you act on those truths?
  • Contemplate this for a while.

Contemplation seat #7

Mercy
Love
Power and majesty
Expansion
Creative leadership
Generosity
Humility and duty

Questions

  • Do you have compassion for others?
  • Do you have compassion for yourself?
  • Do you love others?
  • Do you love yourself?
  • (or are you generous towards others/self?)
  • Sit and contemplate these things for a while

Contemplation seat #8

The unknown
Inner knowledge
Hidden knowledge
Intuition and experience

Questions

  • What do you not know?
  • (What are you afraid of?)
  • How can you gain knowledge or understanding of things you do not know about?
  • Contemplate this for a while.

Contemplation seat #9

Understanding
Form
Reason
Information
Structure
Containment
Sorrow
Design
Creation and restriction ~ cause and effect

Questions

  • Imagine the perfect structure of your life, how does it look?
  • How would you build the pieces of it?
  • What have you learned from the experiences, which have made you unhappy?
  • Contemplate this for a while.

Contemplation seat #10

Revelation
Understanding
Inspiration
Chaos
Concept
Freedom and lack of constraint
Unbiased energy
Goodness and attainment
Vastness

Questions

  • What inspires you most?
  • What understanding of your life has been revealed through shock or surprise?
  • Contemplate this for a while.

Contemplation seat #11

Potential
The unknowable
The divine
Root and seed
The magical
The spiritual
The unquantifiable
The invisible
Unity

Questions

  • What was the most magical moment of your day yesterday?
  • Contemplate this for a while in silence

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