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Often in fiction, characters have a habit of using particular spaces for the purpose of contemplation.

This space can take any form, be it a rock, a chair, a tree stump, really any designated area used for thinking or meditation.

This can overlap with Bad Mood Retreat if the contemplation area is in use for the purpose of overcoming negative emotions.

Compare Putting On My Thinking Cap, when a character needs a specific item to think better.

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Anime & Manga

Comic Books

  • Superman uses the Fortress of Solitude as a place for research and contemplation.
  • Batman uses the Batcave as a place for research and development as well as meditation.

Literature

  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: When looking for his missing cat, Toru Okada finds an empty well in an abandoned house. He eventually takes to using the well as his thinking and meditation place, and the plot is eventually bought for him by his employer and the well is outfitted with a ladder and a pulley system so he can open and close the well from inside.
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  • In The Amber Spyglass, Lyra uses the Botanical Garden of Jordan College to reflect on various issues, such as her life.
  • In the Warrior Cats short story "After Sunset: The Right Choice?", Leafpool has a spot at the top of a hill where she likes to sit and look at the lake as she thinks about things; the story begins when she finds Brambleclaw sitting there.

Live Action Television

  • The park seasons of Barney & Friends feature characters using The Idea Bench, a bench with two seats facing opposite directions that rotates on an axis in a circular area. It was intended to take the place of The Barney Bag.
  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: Every episode begins with Dobie sitting and thinking in the park in front of a copy of Rodin's Thinker.
  • Schitt's Creek: In Season 5, Patrick takes David on a hike to see a beautiful view, and he tells David he used to come there to think about his feelings for David when they first met and he wasn't sure what to do. He then gets down on one knee and proposes.
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  • There was an episode of Scrubs where it's revealed there's a toilet on the roof of the hospital. It's also revealed that people who use this toilet usually make a breakthrough in some issue they're thinking over.

Religion

  • According to Buddhist tradition, Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment after meditating for 49 days under a peepal tree (also called sacred fig) which is said to have grown at Bodh Gaya in Bihar, Northern India. Today this is the site of the Mahabodhi Temple, a holy site and place of pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus.
  • The Four Gospels: Jesus goes to silent, secluded places, far away from crowds and critics, in order to pray and meditate and to have a conversation with his Father. He also tells his disciples to do the same, such as going to their rooms and closing the door. One place where Jesus prayed the night before he was crucified was the Garden of Gethsemane, an olive garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem.

Videogames

  • Vanya Shah of Hitman2 uses her bathroom as her private place to reflect, banning anyone other than Rani to enter. Likewise, she will use her private pool if the water tank is fixed, allowing Agent 47 to kill her.

Web Video

  • commodoreHUSTLE: In episode "Critical", Graham Stark is revealed to have a spot where "Sometimes I ... come here to think". As a Visual Gag it is revealed to be looking directly at a wall. It is revealed shortly afterwards to be one of a number of Graham's thinking spots. The gag is repeated as a Call-Back in later episode "Crisis on Infinite Spoilers", only this time Graham's thinking spot is staring directly at the end of a set of shelves.

Western Animation

  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Huu reached enlightenment and became a waterbending master by meditating beneath a massive banyan-grove tree at the heart of the Foggy Swamp.
  • Blue's Clues: The Thinking Chair is where the characters usually go to put two and two together and figure out what Blue's trying to tell them with the clues she's given them. In one episode, it's a couch instead because the characters have company.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "Three's a Crowd", Discord mentions having a "thinking tree", claiming it's where he gets his best ideas.
  • Steven Universe: There's a hill on the outskirts of Beach City that has a good view of the town, and various characters (most notably Steven in "Full Disclosure" and Ruby in "The Question") have gone there to think. In fact, it's apparently called "Brooding Hill".
  • Winnie-the-Pooh has a "thoughtful spot" where he likes to sit down and think.

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