Spiritual conversation begins and ends with silence. Silence creates the space for listening. Silence also allows one to simply be, simply be in the now, simply be in the presence of the other. Contemplative silence is simply being in the presence of God. This is the “better part” that Mary chose over Martha’s activity.
Source: Michael Hansen, SJ. Four Guided Retreats: An Adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Quezon City: Christian Life Community of the Philippines, Inc. 2014. 354-9.