About Contemplation

What does it mean to be contemplative?

To be contemplative is to enter a quiet in which every aspect of our humanness becomes still in response to the stillness within God, the Divine, or however you define the Source of all that is.

It is the breath of mutual surrender—God lovingly surrendering to us and us surrendering in love to God.

Is there a special technique or process I need to learn in order to participate?

No. Some contemplative communities focus on a particular form of prayer or meditation. At Eremos we focus on simply creating space via silence, so you can connect with your heart to the heart of God.

As our founder, Jean Springer, was fond of saying:

Silence within a contemplative perspective is truly an invitation to be with the One who loves us into silence—an invitation to respond to the whisper of loving communion. Come just as you are. Come and rest with and in the One who longs to rest with you. Come beyond the words into the silent, wordless embrace of love. Come and listen to the whispers of love. Let yourself be lured into Love.

How long do the periods of silence last? What do I do during those times?

Depending upon the program you participate in, the periods of silence typically last from 20 minutes to one hour. Weekend retreats will have extended periods of silence. If you’re at all nervous about sitting in silence, we recommend you participate in one of the morning or afternoon introduction programs, or meet with our spiritual director to discern what’s right for you.

Your time in silence is your own. Many simply sit quietly, others pray, journal, or walk a labyrinth or spend time in nature, depending upon where the program is offered. Sometimes a brief poem or reading will be offered for you to contemplate on. Your mind may wander. That’s okay. Trust that the silence slowly opens you up to what you’re meant to experience.

MONTHLY CONTEMPLATIVE GROUPS

Exploring your relationship with the Divine...

Experience the benefits of connecting to and exploring your relationship with the Divine in the company of a small group of fellow travelers on the contemplative path. You’re welcome to join one or more of the following groups.
You are invited to discover creativity as a contemplative path: Relax in a quiet place dedicated to creative work Bring your own materials or use materials provided Follow directions offered or create your own way Neither artistic talent nor training necessary Enjoy time for individual and group reflection Ground and grow in a creating community..Read detail
Within this supportive circle, participants experience the uniqueness and diversity of each spiritual journey. It also provides women an opportunity to be affirmed in their contemplative experience...Read detail
Eremos invites you to a free, once-a-month contemplative session in a location near you. Most groups meet on the 3rd Sunday afternoon of the month. Please check below for the specific date and time of a group near you. Each session includes a brief reading, 20 minutes of silent contemplation to rest your mind, and sharing from group members about their contemplative experience...Read detail
This on-going Eremos offering provides an opportunity to explore the rich tradition of Benedictine spirituality as a way to enrich the spiritual depth and meaning of our lives and as a guide to everyday living...Read detail
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We share the events of our lives. We focus on a common theme for reflection. We spend some time in contemplative silence. We offer each other our insights and responses and bless one another in parting until we meet again...Read detail
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