In poustinia, we use no words or images. We labor to strip our minds of all such things. We seek to simply sit in the presence and emptiness of God. We hold empty hands before him. In such a way, we are able to offer him pure and total adoration.
As a help to understanding this prayer method, we can see ourselves sitting outside in a dark night. There are no lights and no stars. There is only a black and quiet horizon. And this horizon is the beginning of poustinia. We remove everything else so that we are spiritually naked before God. We bring nothing, we expect nothing. We are simply present before him.