Prayer is the bridge between our conscious and unconscious lives. Often there is a large abyss between our thoughts, words, and actions, and the many images that emerge in our daydreams and night dreams. To pray is to connect these two sides of our lives by going to the place where God dwells. Prayer is soul work because our souls are those sacred centers where all is one and where God is with us in the most intimate way.
--Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey