Recently, Father Sergio posted a quote from Thich Nhat Hanh about how silence is necessary for humans in the way that other basic things like air and water are.
I agree whole-heartedly.
Inner silence can be difficult to achieve. One of the first things anyone notices in meditation is that thoughts seem to arise spontaneously! One needn't be sitting and thinking on a particular topic or trying to figure out something; just sitting down, thoughts rise to the surface of the mind like bubbles.
This should be the first clue to anyone that the mind goes deeper that the merely conscious mind; those thoughts are bubbling up from an aspect of the mind to which we don't have direct access (most of the time).
They can be silenced, not in a ham-handed way, but in a gentle, relaxing sort of way. Show the mind, the thoughts, "See? Doesn't it feel better to relax? Doesn't it feel better to stop for a little while and just be here?" and the mind will eventually see this and relax into it.
But it takes practice to get to that silence, and that's okay.
Moreover, once we achieve this silence, we're able to commune more directly with God. According to Saint John of the Cross, "Silence is God's first language."
We'll discuss more on this in future entries.