Nature is an excellent teacher of contemplation….Perception, awareness, existence and permanence in the present are practically synonymous. As we live intensely in the past and in the future, we must learn to stay in the present. Being attentive to the present will lead us to the presence of God (…) This is why Benedictine spirituality describes the goal of the spiritual path as “walking in the presence of God”.
Franz Jalics. 1994. Kontemplative Exerzitien: Eine Einfürhrung in die kontemplative Lebenshaltung und in das Jesusgebet. Echter verlag, Würzburd.
Contemplative Retreat. An Introduction to the Contemplative Way of Life and to the Jesus Prayer. Xulon Press. 344 pages. ISBN-10: 1594671567.