As human beings, we need to feel valuable and worthwhile, which prevents us from sliding into deceptiveness and dishonesty.
Think, meditate, reflect on ways you can help others besides yourself feel valuable and worthwhile.
Maybe we can change the world?
I believe the act of change requires some degree of reflecting, contemplation, etc.
Thomas Merton defines contemplation as:
“It knows the Source, obscurely, inexplicably, but with a certitude that goes both beyond reason and beyond simple faith. …Hence contemplation is an unexpected gift of awareness, an awakening to the Real within all that is real. A vivid awareness of infinite Being at the roots of our own limited being. An awareness of our contingent reality as received, as a present from God, as a free gift of love.” New Seeds of Contemplation 2-3.
We are all on the path of contemplation. We are trying hard to experience the inner voice. Reflection and Contemplation is our human awareness and our “Aha moment” in reflection, in silence, when the experience speaks to us, and we come to realize we are not alone in the world. We are not the center of the universe.
What action does contemplation lead us to take in our lives as we meet the universe?