THE TWELVE DEGREES OF SILENCE
Step 2. Silence in work, in movements.
Silence in walking, silence of the eyes, of the ears, of the voice; silence of one’s whole exterior being to prepare the soul to tread with God.
With these first efforts the soul merits, in that which depends upon her, to understand the voice of the Lord. How well compensated is this first step!
He calls her into the desert; and that is why in this second state, she withdraws herself from all that could distract her; she withdraws herself from noise, flies alone towards Him Who is alone. In Him she enjoys the first fruits of Divine union and the predilection of her God. It is the silence of recollection or recollection in silence.
– From: The Twelve Degrees of Silence, Supplemento al.n.2/2008 di “De Vita Contemplativa”