The first condition of this solitary bird, this contemplative soul, is seeking the highest place; that is, to seek God. The contemplative soul lets God be the goal. Seek first the kingdom of God and to do this in everything. All works, words and prayers are to be done with and for God.
The contemplative soul rises above passing things; and 'all things are passing', to quote St. Teresa of Jesus' bookmark. Paying no more heed to them than if they did not exist...here there is the need for detachment, poverty of spirit, keeping the heart surrendered to God alone.