Monica was feeling something many of us contemplatives feel: hungry! We need to be in contemplative community to practice the presence of God as often as we can, and once in a while just doesn’t cut it. She said she was glad to have found a monthly group thirty minutes from her home, but “once a month is just not enough.”
There it is, spiritual hunger, a major part of the human condition, something many people feel and not everyone recognizes for what it is. Monica knows what she needs and she is ready to go after it.
Our friend Lisa expressed the same thing when she came to a church where there was a centering prayer group and kept trying all of the locked doors for several weeks until she found one that was open. She kept knocking, and eventually the right door was found and she stepped inside. She has been coming for weekly centering prayer ever since.
There are some steps you can take as a contemplative missionary if you are like Monica, hungry and needing more. Here is a poem about the calling to live the contemplative life and come Home now, and then you can read some steps to be a contemplative missionary.
Beneath the demands of the world
that pull you into pieces
your Life is whispering,
“Come Home now.”
Today you answer “Yes,”
and set your intention
to be here
in this present moment
breath by breath.
Beneath each passing thought
you come Home as a silent witness,
cultivating inner stillness
beneath the noisy mind.
And beneath each random feeling
you “stand on the ground of your being,
where you are not a tenant,
where you are Home.”*
You do not have to shave your head
or wear an orange robe
or learn a secret handshake.
You just begin now
as you are
to come Home.
and notice whatever arises
in the field of your awareness
and let it all go.
This is the wise one’s way.
Best actions spring from the stillness.
*Quote from John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us.