The subject matter of Ignatian contemplations is the mysteries of Christ's life, not mere events, but mysteries ... whereas the subject matter of the meditations is facts or truths, which directly concern the person themselves.
In the Second Week, Ignatius has us contemplate, "look at," study which
is translated from a key Ignatian word "Mirar," meaning a contemplative
experience like studying a leaf, a flower or a loved face. Contemplation
in the Exercises can never be a question of merely being present and watching