The practice of contemplation includes (taken from Adele Ahlberg Calhoun's Spiritual Disciplines Handbook):
- Practicing the presence of God and keeping company with Jesus all the time.
- Taking time to truly see and gaze on life.
- Sensitivity and obedience to God's revelation.
- Savoring the symbolic nature of life and faith.
- Being, not just doing.
Some of the fruits of contemplation include:
- Freedom from preoccupation with self that keeps you from focusing on others.
- Living the tensions of life reflectively.
- Patience with life.
- Seeing there is more to life than efficiency and productivity.
- Knowing through faith, hope and love, not just the mind.
- Opens us wide to life (not believing the lie that experiences alone open us to life)
- Entering into the moment with a heart alive to whatever might happen.
- Refusing the compulsion to go everywhere, see everything, and try everything new.
- Seeking God and the meanings threaded through our days and years so that our experiences of being embedded in the triune life of God deepens and grows.