August 16

Reflection

To live in a contemplative stance is to understand that all life and all creation is imbued with the Sacred. A contemplative view enables one to see creation as integrated and to reverence all its expressions.  It is to be centered within and to be a unifier without. One is enabled to see everything through reverent eyes that perceive the presence of God.

 Prayer

 Bless us with the gift of contemplative vision.

 Action

Am I aware of the Sacred in life? How can I reverence God’s
presence in this world?

 Suggested Reading

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.

There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard. [a]

Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
 
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O God, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19

When we acknowledge that all of life is sacred and that each act is an act of choice and therefore sacred, then life is a sacred dance lived consciously each moment. When we live at this level, we participate in the creation of a better world.
Scout Cloud Lee

Love’s greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred.
Barbara De Angelis

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
Henry David Thoreau

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
Robertson Davies

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
Marcel Proust

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
John Muir

It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious.
Alfred North Whitehead

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