This foundational silence means turning inward and listening to what I am experiencing, including my feelings, thoughts, fantasies, without judgment, without pushing or trying, and simply being open, purposeless, and paying attention. In my meditation this morning, I had a few moments, and I mean only a few moments, of being willingly "captured" in this silence. Such moments don't last long for me as I become distracted by thinking or planning that intrudes, which I then become aware of and let go of and make an effort to get back to simply listening. I practice silence by taking a few minutes to get away from outside noise, close my eyes, and put myself in a quiet space to listen to my inner self. This practice is partly based on my having learned that my inner world/experience/truth is valuable, is my foundation, is me, and without it and listening to it I am lost.