Definitions for omphaloskepsis
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literally, the contemplation of one's navel, which is an idiom usually meaning complacent self-absorption
Contemplation of or meditation upon one's navel.
ratiocination to the point of self-absorption
Origin: From ὀμφαλός + σκέψις
Omphaloskepsis is contemplation of one's navel as an aid to meditation. The word comes from Greek omphalos + skepsis. Similar words are omphaloskeptic and omphaloskeptical. Actual use of the practice as an aid to contemplation of basic principles of the cosmos and human nature is found in the practice of yoga of Hinduism and sometimes in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Some consider the navel to be "a powerful chakra of the body". However, phrases such as "contemplating one's navel" or "navel-gazing" are frequently used, usually in jocular fashion, to refer to self-absorbed pursuits.
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