Many people believe that the purpose of meditation is to quiet or empty the mind. I disagree. I meditate for two reasons. The first is to clear my energy, of which I have written before and which I will revisit again in my upcoming Eagle Meditation series. I also meditate so that I can hear. I listen in the silence of my quiet mind to hear the voice of my own spirit, the voice of earth, even the voice of god.
Listening is a very different space than emptiness, although a quiet mind does make it easier to hear. Next time you sit in silence, consider opening your listening ears. You may hear yourself, and it may surprise you.