To understand contemplation correctly, we need to go back to its original meaning. Step out in the dark night, raise your eyes to the starry sky, and you will experience what contemplation was before it had a name. Since prehistoric times humans have looked up to the stars and have longed to measure up to that cosmic order. The root meaning of temp is “measure,” and the temple was originally a measured-out area in the sky. The temple below was meant to be a reflection of the perfect order above.
— David Steindl-Rast, OSB, Benedict’s Dharma.