A contemplative life requires stillness and the intent to be in the presence of now. When we find that moment of silence, we experience the solitude of contemplation.
Not everyone wants to live a life in solitude with very little contact with the outside world or may be even able to do so if they wanted to. I have been living a contemplative life in solitude for many years now, with only necessary contact with others because that works best for me. However, a contemplative life can be led in a modern world, but one must take the time to intentionally live in the awareness of a contemplative life.
Contemplative people are often deep thinkers and contemplate the meaning of life. They love solitude and are not lonely. In that space they can see, feel, and sense what others don’t. Contemplating in a world where people are focused on material things and are self-absorbed in themselves can be hard, so we must distance ourselves from the noise of society to find our contemplative hearts.
Contemplation is not the same as trying to escape life, but rather it is one of intent, thus it is a path of awareness where we become an observer. A contemplative life calms the mind, because in its natural state the human mind is uneasy. It is in this state of conscious contemplation, we can live the life more consciously with more calm and awareness in our lives.
Every day we see the consequences of modern life, and the things people constantly burden themselves with for the illusion of inner contentment. The clarity we receive from a contemplative life clears much of the unnecessary suffering we impose on ourselves. It is worth serious consideration for many to embrace their contemplative hearts, if they want to see change for the better in their lives.