Can you imagine Jesus, in a rush?
Contemplative Living is a
manner of life that frames,
provides context, and nurtures
and supports our moments
of silence before God.
Contemplative Prayer is at the heart of the Contemplative Life, but the Contemplative Life is much more than just Contemplative Prayer. It is a way of being in the world; a manner of life that frames, provides context, and nurtures and supports our moments of silence before God. Incorporating contemplative practices into our days prepares our heart and mind for Intimacy with God though Contemplative Prayer; our Intimacy with God though Contemplative Prayer brings God more fully into our days. Intentionally seeking out moments of silence, solitude, stillness and simplicity. It is best when our praying and our living are marked by the same virtues and disciplines.
For me it also became important to find a church life that supports and strengthens the Contemplative Life. Essential to that church life is the centrality of the Body and Blood of Christ received in the weekly celebration of the Eucharist. The Sacrament of the Eucharist is a core element of the Contemplative Life, and not the Eucharist as a memorial celebration but the Eucharist as a miracle where the physical becomes the spiritual.
It takes time, discipline, and determination but we will be doubly blessed when we develop a lifestyle that is conducive to the Contemplative. Not only will we be more true to the purpose for which the Lord has created us, our days be more peaceful and our times of silent intimacy with God a more pure delight.
Therefore if you want your time in church to consist of worthily standing in the face of the Lord, prepare for this in your ordinary life; walk, as much as you can, in a prayerful frame of mind. ~ St. Theophan the Recluse