The monks have got a good thing going with the silence. In the silence they can hear God. They can commune with Him without all the distractions of this world.
So, I learn from these monks at the abbey. I wake in the still hours of the morning. I quiet my thoughts, my heart. All the to-dos and plans for the day are forgotten for a while. I make myself still.
Shivering, yawning I come before Him and pour out my heart. I sit and listen for Him.