–noun contemplation of one's navel as part of a mystical exercise.
[Origin: < Gk omphal(ós) omphalos + -o- -o- + sképsis act of looking]
omphaloskepsis. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/omphaloskepsis (accessed: June 13, 2008)
Bob was in deep contemplation of his navel; how for did it go, where did it end up. This reminded him of childhood summer-nights staring up at the stars, awed at the size of the universe and wondering if, perhaps, somewhere out there was an alien boy contemplating the same thing. Bob wondered, was there some life form on the other side of his navel, also engaging in omphaloskepsis and wondering if there was anything outside of the Bob?
My step-dad suggested this word when I was visiting in FL last month. A week later "contemplate one's navel" was the subject of a word_ancestry post.