The heart of contemplation is an encounter with unfathomable reality, unmediated by any thought or concept or idea.
The PDF linked below is an edited transcript of a talk I gave in 2019 at Antioch University. It was part of a series of talks and forums organized by graduate student Gemma Laser that she called "Self Care As Earth Care."
"The heart of contemplation is an encounter with unfathomable reality, unmediated by any thought or concept or idea. In that encounter, everything changes. Reality touches us, and we are then unable to stomach the lies we normally tell, and the untruths our society encourages, and the destructive habits and systems in which we are embedded. We leave behind the belief systems that previously shaped our understanding of the world, and return to the whole of everything. The illusion of separation, and every psychological and societal system based on separation, is turned on its head."
Contemplative Ecology (424 KB)