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 Latinword 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 fromProto-Indo-Europeanbase *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)