Sharing a Witchvox article on the practice of silence. The best part is at the core of the article, but I won’t quote the whole thing out of respect, only the first paragraphs.
“Have you taken a walk alone in a forest, or through a meadow, or along the seashore and come away feeling refreshed and rejuvenated? Have you been so excited about the healing effects of that walk that you invited a loved one with you the next time? Did you find that the effects of that lone walk were no longer so pronounced, perhaps even hard to feel at all? We often underestimate the power and knowledge to be found in silence.
Most people find it very difficult to be silent. It is not a natural ability but a learned skill for people. We congregate in groups large and small. We build community through ritual or family. We give into the desire to share what we have found and so often we lose what that was because we have broken the silence. I learned at a very young age that I am refreshed among the trees. I gain insight to myself and the world around me easiest among the trees. I feel the powers of earth, air, water, fire and spirit strongest among the trees. I am betting that wherever you feel closest to the mother, it is in silence that you feel it strongest. We tend to be a loud, clumsy, and exuberant people compared to the four legged and winged brethren. Our voices and noise drown out the quieter voices of the world so easily.”