Meditation exercise:

  • Contemplation is a meditation technique that keeps us conscious and grounded on the physical realm, and reveals wisdom and understanding that is aligned with our current state of consciousness by engaging our four bodies and our physical and spiritual senses.
  • Print and handout the following image of Temperance to each student; Temperance is associated with health and balance, love and support, and patience.

Part 1 (2 to 4 minutes):

  • The students must concentrate on the following image, and contemplate on the symbols, the landscape, and the character; they must question everything about the image as they allow themselves to enter the world within it to explore: Who is the character? What is the character thinking? Doing? Where is the character? What is the triangle on the character’s chest? What is the circle on the character’s forehead? Etc.
  • The students must also feel free to question anything else that might come to mind.
  • It is a silent and mental process, but the students must also remain open to receive and write down in their journal any thought, emotion, sensation, or anything else that might rise.

Part 2 (2 to 4 minutes):

  • Students may colour the parts of the image that captivated them most during their contemplation session.

Sharing their experience:

  • How did it make you feel?
  • What thoughts came to mind?

Printing the image:

  • Right-click on the image above.
  • Select “Open image in new tab.”
  • Print the image (Ctrl+P).