Close one eye and open the other. Close one to the world, and all that is therein, and open the other to the hallowed beauty of the Beloved.
The dimension that counts for the creative person is the space he creates within himself. This inner space is closer to the infinite than the other, and it is the privilege of the balanced mind … and the search for an equilibrium is essential — to be as aware of inner space as he is of outer space.
~ Mark Tobey
Contemplation is also the response to a call: a call from Him Who has no voice, and yet Who speaks in everything that is, and Who, most of all, speaks in the depths of our own being: for we ourselves are words of His. But we are words that are meant to respond to Him, to answer to Him, to echo Him, and even in some way to contain Him and signify Him. Contemplation is this echo. We ourselves become His echo and His answer. It is as if in creating us God asked a question and in awakening us to contemplation He answered the question, so that the contemplative is at the same time, question and answer.
~ Thomas Merton
Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin