To contemplate comes from “templum, temple, a place, a space for observation, marked out by the augur.” it means, not simply to observe, to regard, but to do these things in the presence of a god. And to meditate is “to keep the mind in a state of contemplation”; its synonym is “to muse,” and to muse comes from the word meaning “to stand with open mouth”–not so comical if we think of “inspiration”–to breathe in.
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