“The quieter the mind,” said Meister Eckhart, “the more powerful, the worthier, the deeper, the more telling and more perfect the prayer is.” (In Philip Yancey, Prayer, Kindle Locations 999-1000)
What does this mean?
The less cluttered the mind is, the more one is able to attend. The more one attends, the more likely it is that one will hear God when God speaks. The uncluttered, detoxified mind is purer. The pure are blessed, for they shall see God. And experience God. And hear God.
How can one acquire a quiet mind? I think:
1. By much time, daily and weekly and lifely, in solitary praying.
2. By learning burden-casting, via 1 Peter 5:7.
When your mind wanders while praying, it always wanders to something like a burden. In prayer note where your mind wanders. Either write it down in your journal or give it to God, or both.
I like what Philip Yancey says about this. he writes:
"I became more convinced than ever that God finds ways to communicate to those who truly seek God, especially when we lower the volume of the surrounding static." (Ib., K1011-1012)