This is an image I made on St. John. It was across from the driveway of the house where I was staying but actually you saw this sort of thing everywhere. Big trees with their roots exposed from having the soil eroded by heavy rain.
If this happened in northern New England where I live the tree would probably die. The extreme cold would do it in I'm sure but here on tropical St. John the tree survives and flourishes.
Now, what has that got to do with contemplation and reflection? In seeing the exposed roots of this tree, I saw what normally goes unseen back home. The roots provide the sustenance for the tree...it holds the tree firmly to the soil so that when the tropical winds blow it remains upright but is vulnerable because some of the roots are not grounded. That is what contemplation is for me, my source of sustenance and my anchor in life's storms. There is also a bit of vulnerability in the process as all soulful journeys have. Contemplation risks the exposure of deeply rooted parts of our soul.
Reflection, well that is for me a "head thing". You compare and contrast and search for relationship. Contemplation is definitely a "heart thing". You feel it more than know it. This photograph led me in a direction I hardly perceived when I photographed it. I just knew I had to photograph it. It called to me everyday I passed it. I knew, on a heart level, that there was a message waiting for me.