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I see beauty in silence because silence is modest–it never forces itself on anyone, it’s not intrusive or disruptive. Rather, it waits in the background, behind all noises, whispers, or sounds, whether harmonious or cacophonous. Within the endless possible sounds we can hear, the beauty of silence lies in its subtlety, its ability to reveal its undemanding wonders without aggression or hostility to the one who listens.

~ Carl McColman, from Answering the Contemplative Call: Five Steps on the Mystical Path