Contemplate Deep Thought

Jay Billups

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Do you ever give yourself time to think? Dedicated time to just sit there, no distractions, with the intent purpose of letting your brain roam free in unrestricted space?

I’m not talking about meditation or any kind of exercise where you begin focused on a particular idea. Start off with nothing and see where your mind takes you. You may quickly land on a specific thought or you may start off scattered. In either case, you are almost guaranteed to get deeper into whatever thought you settle on. Most of the time we live on the surface, reacting to external stimuli, and we’re not practiced at looking inside and really examining how and what we think.

My cover art for this issue, “Deep Thinker,” is an homage to exactly that. I won’t go into too much detail so you can interpret as you like, but the idea started as thinking about nothing and, for some reason, a little “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” crept in … it went on from there.


As naturally creative, problem solving, beings our abilities are stunted because we are in a constant state of response to our environment and lack time and focus to just contemplate and digest our own thoughts.

Give unrestricted, deep thought a try. Retreat from the cacophony of the outside world and be in concert with yourself. Make it a regular habit and discover what’s really going on inside that beautiful mind of yours. At the very least, you will get to know yourself better and then that is when great things can begin.

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