What is Reflection?

REFLECTION |rɪˈflɛkʃ(ə)n| [noun]

(a)  the returning projection of light, heat, or sound by a body or surface without absorbing it;

(b) an image seen on a shiny surface or mirror;

(c) serious thought, contemplation or consideration of a matter or of the self;





As I walk through Korakuen Garden in Okayama Prefecture, Japan, the fish are swimming around me in the pond.  We are sharing with you reflections of the trees, the grass, the leaves, the bamboo gate, the rocks, the ripples, the blue sky, the sunshine…



A reflection occurs when a body of water or the surface of a pond projects back the  light, the heat, or the sound around it without absorbing it.

Without absorbing it.

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A reflection is also serious thought.  It is the process of deep contemplation of the self or the attentive consideration of a matter.

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However, to be able to reflect deeply, effectively and meaningfully, we must do the exact opposite of what a body of water or the surface of a pond does when it reflects back something;

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Rather than not absorbing the sound, the light, the heat, the energy of the matter, we must be able to integrate the substance of the issue, deeply grasp the matter and strive to delve into the problem so as to be able to understand it and arrive at greater clarity of ourselves and of the matter at the end.

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The act of deep reflection requires silence and solitude.  It is an act we must do alone.

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And yet, we are not alone in this act for to be human and to grow as human beings, we must take part in the process of reflection and develop attentive thought.

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This is what I am thinking right now.

These are my reflections being in this garden and sharing with you these images.

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What do you think?  What are your reflections?




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