Date(s) - November 29, 2015
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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More than ever before we are dangerously over-stimulated. As men we live our everyday lives with stress, pressure, worries, anxiety, fear and many times feeling as though we are not enough.
We can choose to go on living as though this is our only option and reap the damaging effects on our bodies, our relationships, our minds and our souls. We probably can’t escape the busyness of life; in many ways technology with all of its many gifts and benefits has taken us too far down the road of overstimulation to turn back. Without needing to turn back we can find renewal for our whole being on our journey ahead with solitude and silence being a part of it.
Nature provides the space for us to connect with God’s presence. The Psalmist said, “Be still and know that I am God.” St. Augustine said our hearts/souls are restless until they rest in God. Stillness, listening and rest are what a time of solitude offers us. Many times Jesus practiced solitude in the wilderness and there is where he connected deeply with God and found the peace to live his life more fully.
I know silence and solitude scares many of us. We don’t think we can sit alone in silence for more than a couple of minutes. I want to challenge that by saying you can practice solitude and silence and in the practice find a renewed self to help face the many struggles in today’s world. There was a time I didn’t believe I could do it either. But now I look forward to solitude and silence.
Our time will begin in community with some instructions and encouragement given on how to be alone in silence in more than one way. Then you will go out into the woods, or stay in the studio if you choose, for one hour to experience the beauty and power of silence in the dome of God’s majestic creation and then we will reconvene in community for another 30 minutes to talk about our experiences.
Guys, if we don’t learn to quiet our busy minds and find God’s renewal for our souls we will be stuck on a treadmill to nowhere. Let’s choose to not let this happen. The world needs us to be wholly connected to God, self and others. Silence and solitude offers an important pathway to lead us to wholeness