Use the adjective musing to describe something that's reflective or thoughtful, like a musing diary entry that explores the meaning of life.

When you ponder or contemplate, you muse, and anything that appears this way can be described as musing. You might love your English teacher's musing responses to students' questions or grow bored by a French film's slow, musing quality. You can also use the word as a noun meaning "period of reflection," although it's most often written as the plural musings: "This book is nothing but the author's musings about his cat."

Definitions of musing
  1. adjective
    deeply or seriously thoughtful
    synonyms: brooding, broody, contemplative, meditative, pensive, pondering, reflective, ruminative
    exhibiting or characterized by careful thought
  2. noun
    a calm, lengthy, intent consideration
    synonyms: contemplation, reflection, reflexion, rumination, thoughtfulness
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    cogitation, study
    attentive consideration and meditation
    meditation, speculation
    continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature
    (religion) contemplation of spiritual matters (usually on religious or philosophical subjects)
    introspection, self-contemplation, self-examination
    the contemplation of your own thoughts and desires and conduct
    contemplation of things past
    laborious cogitation
    self-analysis, soul-searching
    a penetrating examination of your own beliefs and motives
    examen, examination
    a detailed inspection of your conscience (as done daily by Jesuits)
    type of:
    the process of giving careful thought to something
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