Contemplation is the inward gaze into the depths of the soul and, for that reason, beyond the soul to God.

Hans Urs von Balthasar

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In the preface to his book Love’s Mind: An Essay on the Contemplative Life John Dunne offers us this observation – that society requires three essentials: action, contemplation and enjoyment and that in today’s society one is missing.

The one?  Contemplation.

To what end?  Its void is filled by violence.

Contemplation to Dunne is Love’s Mind – a way that the heart communicates its longing and knowing to the person through the mind, through a thought.

The point is this: without contemplation the mind and the person cannot know, cannot know the eternal truths, the reality of the mortal life that exceeds the mortal life itself.  Further, in knowing love, in experiencing love our trajectory is, indeed, toward Love – the God who is Love, the Creator of all being.

This, mind you, is not a thought so fanciful.  No, rather, such thoughts are present throughout the ages in various cultures, expressed in classic literary form, in religious narrative throughout time, in art and artistic impressions and to some extent in dreams.

To think these thoughts are confined to Christian conception and hence, for now, out of vogue, relics of yesterday no longer vital, useful, at play, is to show one’s intellectual deficit at the cost of a rather calamitous results: an existence of broken relationship, social and personal fragmentation, a painful displacement where connection might otherwise flourish.

In simple terms, imagine if contemplation was essential to your health, your human prosperity, your happiness and contentment, to social relations, intimacy, relationship with others.

Imagine if you could make no sense of life but with contemplation being a central part of living itself.  Imagine if contemplation reduced addiction, suicide, depression, anxiety, misunderstanding, violence itself – evil as well.

Would it not be the case that without the mind knowing the heart’s longing and its truths that much of your life is or would be in chaos, conflict, calamity, despairing, and even violent?

Think about it.

To Dunne and others contemplation allows an unknown part of us, love, to become known.  What is the cost of peace for you is simply this: contemplation – a way to understand, to broaden your base of existence.

Can it be that the heart lives through contemplation as a way to inform the mind, a secondary platform, in the ascertainment of peace everlasting?

Yes, think about it.

Shalom.

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