One is on a spiritual journey when one’s primary life intention is to deepen relationship with God through prayer practice, devotion and service. This is represented by consent to, and participation with, God’s unfolding presence and action within and without, in the ordinary circumstances of our life.
Q: I've been practicing meditation/contemplation for more than twenty years. As of late, I am periodically troubled by the question "why am I doing this, i.e., contemplation?" The question is in the context of why God wants us to perform what appears to be an act outside of what would be a normal life, i.e., an artificial act. Why is it needed and for what purpose or ultimate value? I still persist but my doubting often makes me think about abandoning my practice and just live.
Q: Our group had a recent discussion about increasing one's practice to two to three hours per day. What insight does Contemplative Outreach have in regards to this type of extended practice? Our only insight into this is that it is more like an intensive retreat setting. This being said, the discussion revolved around doing this at home, rather than on retreat, and about the unloading process increasing with extended sitting. We are far from experts on this and are seeking insight from those with more experience.