We can learn much, when we cultivate silence. It might seem counter-intuitive; our learning usually takes the form of words or pictures or sounds, tangible things that have size, depth, tone, and space.
But beyond all of those things that we can feel is something more profound – it is what you hear in silence. And you can only hear it if you nurture the silence from which it springs.
Very different from prayer, which is a communication with God, and very different from many forms of meditation, which might focus on an idea or image, smell or sound, resting in silence is hard, but helpful. It is telling, but tacit.
It might take a bit to get used to shooing away all the other clutter in your mind’s ears and eyes to get to that silence. But it is worth it.
What you hear in the silence will bring you closer to God.