My question is, the contemplation part. How many of us really contemplate our spiritual lives? Do we ever really look back on our lives and see God in them? Do we strive to have moments (or days) of peace in which we can truly go over our spiritual formation, and concretely progress?
How important is this, and how can we achieve it? What would stop us from making this effort? etc.
I know I spend a lot of time in contemplation. The important thing is to use the past as a tool, and not get stuck on it. Besides that, it's just a matter of making time. If one's own home is too distracting a place, a public park will usually suffice as a mini-retreat.
Of course I am still working on this first step myself.
Indeed. One temptation is to jump ahead to later steps when we have not mastered even the first. I think once a person masters the first, then the path for the second will be made clear.