The Non-Contemplative Personality
I’m in the process of reading a complicated book, The Shattered Lantern by Ronald Rolheiser. It addresses our inability (or unwillingness) to live in a manner that allows us to see and experience God. It smacks me in the face with reminders of all the excesses in my life that consume my time, energy and resources. Even more concerning, the clutter in my life often prevents me from seeing and experiencing God.
As described by Rolheiser, “When we are excessively self-preoccupied, we tend to see nothing beyond our own heartaches and problems. Our sense of reality shrinks accordingly and it is not then surprising that we have trouble believing in the reality of God since we have trouble perceiving any reality at all beyond ourselves.” Rolheiser says our obsession with self results in a “non-contemplative personality” that is oblivious to God, unable to see Him in ordinary life.
I’d like to think Rolheiser’s description of a non-contemplative personality does not apply to me. However, it does. I’ve been thinking about this and wondering about my ability to make some changes, and move in a direction that reduces the clutter and distractions in my life. I want to be more contemplative.
More thoughts later .…