Looking without judging, naming, or coming to conclusions. (Because we can perceive so much more than can be contained in a name.)
Letting ones self be affected by the object of attention. (Being moved to action by a direct experience of the thing rather than thoughts about that thing.)
Waiting patiently for revelation to be given. "I do only what I see my Father doing and in like manner."
Contemplation implies trust in the goodness of creation. (Trust that God is still incarnate and able to lead through revelation)
The Contemplative Way
Looking and listening for God's compassionate presence and redemptive activity hidden in the ordinary events of life. "Do you have eyes to see and ears to hear."
Contemplation (the prayer beyond words and ideas) is a way to describe what Jesus did in the desert. It is not learning as much as it is unlearning. It is not explaining as much as containing and