Although contemplation is popularly understood to mean “thinking deeply about something”, its Latin roots provide the sacred meaning “to be with God, in the temple”. Christian contemplation has been described as “consenting to God’s presence and action”, “a gaze of faith”, or “a silent love”. Contemplation is a way of experiencing all of life as sacred and life becomes sacred to us when we experience it with an awareness of God’s presence.
It is a particular posture of heart that encourages our capacity to gaze, wonder, reflect, ponder, and respond…in the present moment. It is gazing upon God, waiting upon God, listening for The Divine, opening to the Sacred, holding silence in Yahweh, consenting to The Presence, and encountering God…in the present moment.