The Sign of Jonas1979
When your tongue is silent, you can rest in the silence of the forest. When your imagination is silent, the forest speaks to you. It tells you of its unreality and of the Reality of God. But when your mind is silent, then the forest suddently becomes magnificently real and blazes transparently with the reality of God.
Quoted in the posthomous book When the Trees Say Nothing, including texts from Thomas Merton on nature, organised for reflection and meditation by Katheleen Deignan, published in 2003, by Sorin Books, Nore Dame, Indiana, USA.
Quotes on silence by Thomas Merton in English: https://www.azquotes.com/author/10004-Thomas_Merton/tag/silence