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Rumination – the art of deep thinking

Rumination is arguably one of the most focused upon skills we are taught. We are taught to ruminate about more or less all topics, as soon as we are capable of such thought. We are taught to ponder upon philosophy, art, music, life, the future, love and loss. There is little doubt that rumination has its place in the world. However, what we seem to forget is that the opposite has just as much of a place.

To ruminate, in my opinion, is a very difficult habit to break – most likely because of how much emphasis is placed on such thought. You may be wondering: why should this habit be broken? and you would be fair to question! To think deeply is to wonder, to wonder is to be amazed and to be amazed is, well, amazing.

Being able to wonder why something is the way it is is glorious. The act of wondering has the potential of allowing our imaginations to run wild; think back to childhood. How does Santa deliver all of those presents in one night? How does the tooth fairy sneak away unnoticed? Why is the sky blue?
Wondering and knowing are a dynamic duo capable of causing great satisfaction and great pain. In my childhood, I remember each of these questions being answered and also remember a sadness from knowing.

It wouldn’t be fair or correct to suggest that knowledge is something we should try and hide from, as obviously that’s rubbish! However, if you have the opportunity to allow someone’s imagination to thrive for a little while longer, I believe it would be unfair to deny them the pleasure of wondering. Very few people wonder as much as they are doing right now at this time in their lives. Ignorance can indeed be bliss.

To ruminate for the purpose of the answer is to starve ones self of one of the greatest pleasures in life. Wonder.