Sound engineers speak of two things - signal and noise.
The signal is the meaningful part of a transmission.
The noise is all the unwanted stuff that interferes with our ability to hear and understand the signal.
Our lives are full of noise - so much information, so many messages, all competing for our attention.
We find it hard to find the signal.
Take some time to identify the noises around you one by one:
traffic; children playing; dogs barking; the hubbub of life...
As you recognise each one, savour it and then place it to one side.
What are the noises on the inside?
that song you can't get out of your head; thoughts that won't stop chattering; nagging worries; hurt; anger; things you have to do tomorrow...
Identify them one by one, listen to them and place them to one side.
Let God still the oscilloscope of your soul,
turn the noise off
and give you peace.
Then listen for his signal.