Contemplative at the eye of chaos

Sister Joan Chittister, author of many books and a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania, talks about “being contemplative at the eye of chaos.”

Contemplative in the midst of chaos? We like that image. It’s easy to be contemplative when you’re outside in a quiet garden or alone listening to music. But, to be contemplative in the midst of chaos is trickier.

Chittister writes: Real spirituality is being “contemplative at the eye of chaos. It is life lived to the full….

“It is the way we live each of the circumstances of life, the humdrum as well as the extraordinary, the daily as well as the defining moments, that determines the quality of our lives. Rich people are often deeply unhappy. Poor people are often blissfully content….Yet, all of them, each of them—each of us—has the latitude to live either well or poorly. Ironically enough, it is a matter of decision. And the decision is ours.”

We found these quotes online in an essay titled “Illuminated Life: Being Contemplative in the Midst of Chaos.”

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