Contemplative Monk : Intentional Spirituality Transforms

Walking With Wisdom~In Contemplation

“As meditation is spiritual practice, so contemplation is spiritual encounter. In meditation we practice our spirit. In contemplation we encounter God…within and without, everywhere we turn, with everyone we meet, and in everything we do.” ~Bob Holmes Click to Tweet

Thoughts on Contemplation

Whereas being Born Again and being Baptized in the Holy Spirit are God’s actions to us, contemplation is our entering into the divine mystery with God.  Click to Tweet

It is our surrendering to God, spirit to spirit, center to center, heart to heart. What God does is much more subtle as contemplation works deeper than our thought processes, slowly transforming us from the very core of our being. This connecting generally runs in the background, out of our awareness for a while until we realize, “Oh Wow, everything really is changing.” It’s working from the inside out.

“We do not think ourselves into new ways of living, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.” ~Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM Click to Tweet

Intuitively we know it’s true. It just is. It’s how we’re hardwired for God.

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” ~Saint Augustine Click to Tweet

Contemplation is not a one-off, one-time thing. It’s not getting your ticket punched for heaven. It is God’s daily transforming restoring rest. It’s heaven becoming in us so that we might live heaven on earth.

We can’t live a Godly life by ourselves. Contemplation is with the Eternal and it has been in our Christian tradition all along. Why do you think Jesus went out alone into the hillsides?

So ‘let go and let God’. It is finished. Repent (turn from) your dysfunctional striving to make it happen, and enter into rest.

Contemplation is the opening exercise of our faith every single day, that God will meet us in the stillness of our spirit…deeper than prayer, deeper than words, spirit to spirit…where the fragrance of God is life.

As muddy water takes time to settle, so it takes us time to still ourselves, to settle out. Be kind to yourself.

 

 

 

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