A healthy soul is one that seeks out silence. We are addicted to noise. We find it impossible to drive our vehicles without the radio on or a CD playing. Our televisions are running from the moment we return from work. We run with earphones filling our minds with music. We even walk with friends while listening to our own music.
We live as though we are afraid of silence. As little children who have to sleep with a nightlight on, our reasons for filling our hours with noise are varied. Some find silence disturbing and a reminder that they are alone. Others use noise as a way of keeping out the sounds of the city or the voices of their children. There are those who use noise as a way to keep from having to communicate with others. Some even use noise to avoid themselves.
Whatever the reason, noise keeps us from connecting with our inner self, wherein we have the opportunity for communion with God. Without silence we are unable to hear the voice of God speaking within the stillness of our heart. It is not just monks who should be seeking out moments throughout the day where solitude and silence allow us to enter into communion with God, for a humble soul and a penitent heart are fed by solitude and silence.
The human heart is open to the voice of God when in silence and solitude.