During my retreat last week, the priest mentioned something which I keep on forgetting: that exterior silence is only a means to interior silence, that in prayer what matters is the latter so that we may be able to hear God. And, truth be told, when I am praying there is always a lot of “noise”: many errant thoughts distract me. When I notice this, I offer them up to God, because as the priest pointed out these distractions reveal “disordered affections” (as St. Ignatius of Loyola would say) - ways that we are disconnected from God.
What I would like to know is how can one reduce the noise when praying. It’s just that most of the times these distractions aren’t even worries; my mind just wanders to the strangest of things. What do you folks do? Perhaps reciting verbal prayers eould help? I’m all ears.