Silence is not so much of an action or lack of an action as it a doorway to a place in your soul. When silent, who we really are has the courage to finally peek out of the overgrowth of busyness and concern that hides it. We stop trying to manage our image, adjust other’s perceptions of us, or inflate our abilities. We learn to let our actions reveal our heart. Life becomes prayerful, that is full of prayer, a loving attention toward God.
As Thomas Merton said:
“In Silence God ceases to be an object and becomes an experience… When I am liberated by silence, when I am no longer involved in the measurement of life, but in the living of it, I can discover a form of prayer in which there is effectively no distraction. My whole life becomes a prayer. My whole silence is full of prayer. The world of silence in which I am immersed contributes to my prayer.”