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A panoptic view of reality

(PHOTO: LAURENCE FREEMAN, BONNEVAUX, FRANCE)

The simple enjoyment of the truth. You could say contemplation is a kind of panoptic view of reality. Panoptic – seeing all sides. But seeing it not with scientific coldness or objectivity, but seeing with love, with compassion. The more points of view you see, the more inclusive and compassionate you can become. That is what we mean by contemplation. That is what Jesus is teaching. And the essential work, or the essential engagement that we make with this teaching is to pay attention.

 ( Sources of Wisdom by Laurence Freeman OSB )

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