Contemplation is not first of all about being religious, introverted, or pious—it is about being emotionally and mentally honest! Contemplation is an alternative consciousness that refuses to identify with or feed what are only passing shows. It is the absolute opposite of addiction, consumerism, or any egoic consciousness.
— Richard Rohr, adapted from “The Change That Changes Everything” from The Drumbeat, October 2011
Contemplation happens to everyone. It happens in moments when we are open, undefended, and immediately present.
― Dr. Gerald May
Ten times a day something happens to me like this – some strengthening throb of amazement – some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.
― Mary Oliver