This was borrowed from the Merton Institute. I thought this was worth sharing.
We are living contemplatively when:
We intentionally engage in activities intended to deepen our relationships with ourselves, God, others and nature.
We are conscious that our decisions, actions and use of time affect each of our relationships.
We see how our relationships are all interrelated and integrated and see God in each of them.
We take personal responsibility for each of our relationships.
We understand that our relationships our integral to reaching our life’s goals.
We are not as easily distracted by meaningless activity; our active life flows from our contemplative nature.
We see through “the illusion of separateness;” acknowledge whatever we do that alienates us from our true self, each other, nature and God; and live with the recognition that “we are already one.”
Our spiritual/contemplative life is our active daily life.
We regularly spend time in silent reflection, solitude, and other contemplative practices.
We are more concerned with the issues confronting humanity and less with the mundane concerns of daily life.
We experience the freedom, joy and love that can only come from grounding ourselves in our relationships.
© 2009 The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living