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Following his belief that contemplation integrates life into a single whole, Merton provides a starting point for understanding the essence of being human: "The meaning of my life is not to be looked for merely in the sum total of my own achievements.
In the second chapter is on the contemplation of the impermanence of death.
Although he would always affirm Aquinas's dynamic conception of God as pure act, Merton would feel himself drawn increasingly to the Christian mystical tradition of intuitive contemplation, a tradition that had been marginalized by Western Catholicism since the sixteenth century.
La contemplation hugolienne serait une espece de reverie cosmique ou de meditation par laquelle le poete depasse mentalement les surfaces du reel, qu'il finit ainsi par rendre transparentes, pour en examiner ce qu'il considerait comme l'unite a la base de l'existence materielle.
The portrayed landscape with its animated sunset evoked a world of contemplation, a sort of visual haiku.
After arming himself with a wet suit, shoulder pads, a motorcycle helmet and knee pads, the Kasper spent some 45 minutes in anticipatory contemplation (during which two rollerbladers completed the gap) before launching out directly to his head.
A medieval work which he quotes, called in English the Ladder of Monks, says that there are four rungs by which we obtain union with God: reading, meditation, prayer, and contemplation.
Finding the perfect cigar is more a journey than a destination; it's an exercise in contemplation, and time is required.
The book smoothly flows from detailed vignettes to brief thoughts that require pause for contemplation.
In addition, handcrafted items encourage contemplation of the processes by which they're made and the common bonds between cultures and traditions.
But the great OED only gets down to serious business in its third definition, where it defines envy as "the feeling of mortification and ill-win occasioned by the contemplation of superior advantages possessed by another," in which usage the word envy first pops up around 1500.