the action of looking thoughtfully at something for a long time.
deep reflective thought
Contemplation is profound thinking about something.
the word contemplation is derived from the Latin word contemplatio. Its root is also that of the Latin word templum, a piece of ground consecrated for the taking of auspices, or a building for worship, derived either from Proto-Indo-European base *tem– “to cut”, and so a “place reserved or cut out”,or from the Proto-Indo-European base *temp– “to stretch”, and thus referring to a cleared space in front of an altar. The Latin word contemplatio was used to translate the Greek word θεωρία (theōría). (Wikipedia)