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Rush. Rush. Rush.
Our lives are busy and seemingly getting busier. Everyone agrees that slowing down is good, but nobody seems to actually do it. However, the need to stop every once in a while, take a breather, and reflect on what has gone before is built into the human condition. If we do not allow ourselves this luxury, our bodies begin to break down, our relationships become strained, contemplation is impossible, and therefore prayer remains superficial and our relationship with God does not progress towards the Transforming Union. We begin to see that contemplation is not a luxury after all, but a need.
I once saw an old episode of a Twilight Zone or Outer Limits show in which a man was granted the gift to never have to wait for anything, so he could always get more things done. He quickly despairs because he realizes that he has lost the quiet time in order to think, to dream, and to figure things out. In my own life I have solved many intractable problems by "doing nothing" or "sleeping on it", allowing my mind to reflect and contemplate. Contemplation and reflection actually rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit.
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