Silence does not mean there is no ongoing contemplation of God which is thought as prayer and thought is the most intimate of things, something that you can share with
God only. Additionally, some feel that so little a conveyance mentally as a groan is one of the most powerful forms of prayer, since
God knows our feelings as well as our thoughts.
Yes, all those things. But also our positive thoughts, those capture us as well.
"I am happy right now." "I am a good person." "I am whole with you." "I can do anything." "I want joy and peace and life abundant."
I find those to be limited, and limiting, thoughts. If you are excluding something, you are limiting yourself. And of course I do it with every breath, as we all do.