When the contemplation or meditation is on something visible, for example, when we contemplate Christ our Lord, the representation will consist in seeing in imagination the material place where the object is that we wish to contemplate… In a case where the subject matter is not visible… the representation will be to see in imagination my soul… [#47]
When I do any kind of formal prayer, I approach my prayer place with reverence and a consciousness that I am in the loving Presence of God. I then do a “composition of place” in which I situate myself, first of all, in terms of my mood, my needs and desires. I then turn to the Scriptures and try to insert myself into the world of the passage on which I’ve chosen to contemplate.
I don’t honestly know if I’m doing it “the right way.” But it has been helpful to me over the years.
Do you practice any kind of “composition of place”?