12 April 2011

But to define what is meant by “contemplative” threatens to obliterate the essence of the concept. If we approach the meaning of the contemplative life cerebrally, with the need to analyze, dissect and define, we have missed the gift altogether. The starting place for the contemplative life is surrender. We let go of being in control. We are rendered powerless. To be contemplative is a state of being, a posture more than something concrete of which to grab hold.

Phileena Heuertz, ‘Pilgrimage of a Soul,’ page 15 (via ifiblogged)