Deeply influenced by Dallas Willard, Moreland believes in the primacy of solitude and silence as a spiritual discipline. Like Willard, Moreland emphasizes the importance of getting away from the hustle and bustle of urban life and spending time in secluded places like Catholic monasteries (or even motels for that matter). This is nothing new. What was new to me was learning of Moreland’s cigar discipline. Once a week Moreland sits on his back patio and lights up a Cuban by himself at night. He stays out there in silence and solitude for the 1.5 hours it takes to smoke the cigar. It’s like a monastic mini-retreat.
I love it.
It’s too bad my wife doesn’t believe me.
Well, at least I tried.