"If your prayer goes deep, your whole view of the world will change from fear and reaction to deep and positive connection—because you don’t live inside a fragile and encapsulated self anymore. In meditation, you are moving from ego consciousness to soul awareness, from being driven by negative motivations to being drawn from a positive source within.

Through a consistent practice of contemplative prayer you will find yourself thinking much more in terms of both/and rather than either/or. This is what enables mystics and saints to forgive, to let go of hurts, to be compassionate, and even to love their enemies."

That's how a little excerpt from Richard's Dancing Standing Still: Healing the World from a Place of Prayer ends. The lead up to that conclusion is worth reading.

From Being Driven to Being Drawn — by Richard Rohr

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1816/...-richard-rohr/