brooding, broody, contemplative, meditative, musing, pensive, pondering, reflective, ruminative
Meaning: deeply or seriously thoughtful; "Byron lives on not only in his poetry, but also in his creation of the 'Byronic hero' - the persona of a brooding melancholy young man";
It is Chopin in his most reflective, yet lyric mood.
So much for the general features of a reflective experience.
Nor will the reflective experience be different in kind if we substitute distance in time for separation in space.
It is the extent and accuracy of steps three and four which mark off a distinctive reflective experience from one on the trial and error plane.
Hence the quality of the experience changes; the change is so significant that we may call this type of experience reflective--that is, reflective par excellence.
Yet a thoughtful survey of conditions is so careful, and the guessing at results so controlled, that we have a right to mark off the reflective experience from the grosser trial and error forms of action.
"We're sorry for anyone who has to be patched," replied Fredjim in a reflective tone, "for although it didn't hurt us as much as we expected, it's a terrible mix-up to be in--until we become used to our strange combination.
If, like the bees, every man were born possessed of talent, perfect knowledge of certain kinds, and, in a word, an innate acquaintance with the functions he has to perform, but destitute of reflective and reasoning faculties, society would organize itself.
The more reflective and self-conscious a man is the more completely will his experience be subsumed and absorbed in his perennial "I." If philosophy has come to reinforce this reflective egotism, he may even regard all nature as nothing but his half-voluntary dream and encourage himself thereby to give even to the physical world a dramatic and sentimental colour.