I often hear people talking about mindfulness… to be fully present in the moment without judging, without labeling, just being aware of what is. Become the observer… Become awareness itself… Become the I am. I recently saw a video about non-dualism and I know Fr. Richard Rohr spoke at this conference as well. They mostly seem to be talking about emptying the mind and that doesn’t make sense to me at all. I might as well be dead or in a constant coma!
Contemplation I would suggest is anything but emptying the mind. I guess I would say it is putting my heart to work. Becoming fully aware of my desires, my expectations, my will and then suffering the actual pain of my current reality. The paradox is the tension between the experience and the knowledge of God that deliverance is coming. The here but not yet. I believe this is the kind of prayer that reaches heaven. The cry of our hearts will be hear by God. The moment that I acknowledge that it is not by might, not by power but by the spirit of God who is called upon in the suffering. True compassion therefor becomes a practice of experiencing the pain of others and the willingness to be exposed to their particular suffering. To stand in the gab for those who do not expect salvation, who do not have hope but rather live in despair. Who don’t see the light but live in darkness. This is when my heart is called into action. This is to me is giving water to the thirsty and bread the hungry. I do not intend to become a hero, but being a martyr (Greek for witness) doesn’t seem too far off from this point of view. A witness is fully present, fully aware, fully engaged. This way I become an instrument of peace. Be still and know that I am is God.