At times there is confusion about concentration and contemplation. In Sanskrit yoga writings, concentration is termed dharana, and contemplation dhyana. Concentration is a train of though about something. Contemplation follows the practice of concentration. First of all you focus on a particular picture, as example of the water, and you notice the beautiful blend of colors, the waves in the water, the depth of the area; This is concentration. Then moving to the next stage of contemplation you go much deeper not only in the body of the water but into the creation and source. You move into the appreciation of the heart of the creator, the magic of the creation using the picture as your focal point. Contemplation is that state of consciousness that moves you beyond thinking. It is more a spiritual intuition. Contemplation allows us the time to fully appreciate that moment when all comes together. When the proper time is allowed for contemplation we can travel much deeper than the superficial level of daily activities and reconnect with our deepest self and remind ourselves of what is really important to "see" in each moment.
Taking time for me to write these words require concentration; stepping back and contemplating on the message I would like to share requires me to release the words of the message and allow my gut feeling (intuition), the depth of meaning and the joy of sharing.