Visiting monk teaches Utahns how to 'listen for God' throughout day

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  • push-n-day-zees Salt Lake, UT
    April 9, 2014 12:47 p.m.

    Try a stint in the privacy of your own bathroom. Any personal time is valuable. Go sit in a closet. You don't always need a drive to capture some quiet time. The thing you have to commit to is to spend the time no matter where you find yourself.

  • dpw Cleveland ;Heights, OH
    April 7, 2014 8:46 a.m.

    I was not surprised by the message, which is basic Benedictine....what I found astonishing was that Brother Mark is an Episcopalian Benedictine!! After all, it was the Church of England which seized all Benedictine monasteries and property and banished Benedictine monks from England.....This strikes me as ersatz Benedictinism..........not authentic, but flattering......

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    April 2, 2014 9:06 a.m.

    re: Hutterite

    I too am an introvert. The solitude on the drive out to Wendover, outside of Mesquite to LV, or eastern OR are also good. Spending 15 minutes every day after I get home from sans a computer, phone, or TV is beneficial too.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    April 1, 2014 1:19 p.m.

    Our minds create so much momentum (i.e. news, work, raising kids, mortgage, insurance, health, drugs, crime, weather, war, money, sex, economy, and on and on) that I for one can hardly turn my brain off when I want to.

    Over time, it can lead to a list of things: depression, anxiety, high bp, heart disease, and on and on.

    And the habit behind it worry.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    March 24, 2014 8:13 a.m.

    The Holy Ghost speaks very quietly, and His impressions are easy to miss or ignore if tne entirety of my attention is outward, without any form of peace or consistency ("silence" if you will).

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    March 23, 2014 5:23 a.m.

    There are a lot of different forces from astrology to the supernatural. I like Mad Magazine Alfred E. Newman, "What Me Worry" on this one.

  • arand Huntsville, u
    March 21, 2014 7:22 p.m.

    I think the trick is how to shut off the barrage of thoughts pounding through our brains. Car payments, mortgage payments, world news, kids, etc etc. Not an easy job.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    March 21, 2014 5:01 p.m.

    @cjb – “Its counter productive to wait around for an answer from God.”

    Not sure what centering prayer is but it doesn’t sound like it’s a prayer of petition. If so, your criticism seems misguided.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 21, 2014 4:13 p.m.

    Call it 'listening for god' or whatever, but quiet time is important. As an introspective, I appreciate time with my own thoughts, in low noise or no noise situations. Usually these occur behind the wheel, maybe with some low music adjacent to the rumble of a diesel engine, you can have time to reflect. Eastern montana into north dakota is a great place to drive sometimes. God's not choosing to withhold wisdom from me. If there is a god, hopefully they're not that cruel. I just have to go out and find it.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    March 21, 2014 3:28 p.m.

    Part of the reason we are put down here is so we can learn to think for ourselves. Yes pray for wisdom, even about specific things, but once that is done, reason it out for yourself and the best course of action you can come up with, .. go with it.

    Since you prayed for wisdom, trust that God either will choose to, or will not choose to give you extra light and intelligence and / or luck on the matter and regardless then go with what you think best.

    Its counter productive to wait around for an answer from God. God wants us to learn to think and reason and act and experience consequences, good, bad and indifferent, it part of the growth process.