reply to post by jmdewey60
"Are you talking about something that you can be taught, and to do things like go to workshops to hone the skill? "
I am talking about getting closer to God.
"I would propose that all you are playing with is a survival mode that people naturally have for situations like being imprisoned and placed in
So while you imagine that you are spending "quality time" with God, in reality you are just looking within your own soul. "
I would have to disagree. It is the impulse of the soul and a throb of love which seeks God. Notice I say 'impulse of the soul'. It is important
that that thought itself is complicated. One cannot reach God by imagination or intelligence, rather those faculties are useless when it comes to
this. Love is needed because God cannot be known, only loved.
This is the soul's desire: to love God.
" Mary was listening to actual words being spoken, with rational thoughts on how to live a practical life, while she was sitting at Jesus' feet, not
just sitting there feeling fuzzy."
She was sitting there listening to God. The contemplative life is the same. perhaps if I go back further you'll see it:
'She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to
be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
But the Lord answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary
has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.'