7. Silence is golden: Once a week, go to church and pray in silence for 10 to 15 minutes. If nothing comes to mind to pray for, spend time in silence. You don’t absolutely need to pray, but you can gain from simply opening your soul and listening to God, who silently speaks to your interior. Write your impressions down, but only if you feel so inclined. Don’t prolong the experience beyond that certain point of balance and normal en- durance. If you do, this marvelous experience could turn into something boring or forced.