Take everything to The Silence, sitting quietly, watching, listening, for what arises, emerges, dawns, occurs, beckons, calls, directs, compels, urges, nudges... out of The Silence. Allow The Silence to guide your boat on its path through the sea. You could do a lot worse, and it would be difficult to do any better. The Silence is the path to the latent wisdom/knowledge that waits within for your consciousness to grant access in order that the darkness might be the birthplace of light-- and life, and peace. Consciousness has to open to ALL there is to be conscious of. With practice, the stream is always flowing, and the communion is constant, unrelenting and reliable. This is the Biblical admonition to "Pray always" being realized in our life without us doing anything more than being aware of what is always there, within, waiting for an opening to connect us with The Way of The Mystery Within. Listening to The Silence is connecting with The Mystery and being led along The Way. And if you try to make this make sense, you will be creating a theology that will close you off from the religious experience of connection with The Mystery, and you will be thinking your way to The Way-- and if thinking could work with The Way, it would have worked long before you sat still and waited quietly, watching, listening for what arises, emerges...
The companion directive to "sit quietly," is "get moving!" The Silence can be the source of fear, sadness, anxiety, distress, remorse, dejection, depression... and an endless cycle of things to worry about and agonize over without end. When you find yourself floundering on this side of Silence, get moving! Walk around the block. Change the scenery. Weed the flowerbed. Mow the grass. Rearrange the furniture. Anything to get you moving. Moving breaks the hypnotic cycle of woe-is-me-I'll-never-get-out-alive. I-don't-know-what-to-do- and-there-is-too-much-to-be-done-anyway. And creates an opening through which realization can occur unbidden, and balance and harmony can reenter your life. It's amazing. You just got up and walked to the door and everything changed. It all dropped away and you are "back in the saddle again." The Dark Side of Silence is a reality of the inner world, and one we have to be conscious of and ready for. Jon Kabat-Zinn's advice of tucking everything into our awareness without engaging any of it, or allowing it to hijack/kidnap us and carry us off into the Depths of Despair is a safety belt anchoring us to the "still point of the turning world." We aren't going there. We are staying here. And we will get moving if we have to. And come back later, when we are less vulnerable to the satanic temptations of the inner world. Working things out with the realities of The Silence is part of the process of trusting ourselves to the Light Side of Silence and protecting ourselves against the Dark Side. Both sides are present, and it is our place to say Yes to one and No to the other-- and moving is our tool for shutting the door to the monsters of the deep, creating space for reflection/exploration in becoming aware of our vulnerabilities and making our peace (Perhaps with psychotherapy or Jungian analysis) with our psychic wounds incurred through experiences with abuse/neglect, grief, loss and sorrow. Moving puts us in position to consider our options and to choose among our choices in finding the best way to enhance our ability to enter The Silence and deal with all we find there. Coming to terms with what resides within is a necessary/requisite step toward maturity/illumination. We do not achieve maturity without illumination, and we do not achieve illumination without maturity. And The Silence is the path way to both.