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Inner Murmur

Silence, I love the silence.  I love the times where there is no noise that surrounds me.  I love the complete quiet of my outer existence.  In those times there is an inner murmur.  I hear those things that are my inner thoughts.  The inner murmur of what I think, who I am, of what secrets live deep within my soul that are based on the experiences that I have had.

Where Does Silence Live?

We rarely get an opportunity to listen to our inner murmur.  We are constantly surrounded by other’s thoughts and opinions.  Our ability to focus on any one thing is distracted by the multitude of “Apps” that fill our mental feeds and distract us from who we are.  What would we think of if we weren’t bombarded daily with the outer noise which seeps into our inner thoughts?

We rarely take the time to silence those around us to focus on our own thoughts.  Ponder for a minute if each person was able to focus on the thoughts that make them uniquely them.  What is hidden in the minds that are being distracted by the few that are flooding the brain waves of so many?

Oh silence, is there such a thing any longer?  Do we ever consider the age-old advice “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all”?  Do we consider one’s feelings as we negatively speak about those around us?  Do we stop for a moment and consider how our vocalization of our judgment of others based on minimal facts and hearsay might affect those we are judging.  Would you feel the same way if the tables were turned?  Would you be so quick to judge if it was a person you loved?

I don’t understand why we all can’t practice a bit more silence.  Create a world where we don’t feel the need to judge one another and pick sides.  Create a world where we can look at how to make things better instead of judging others, laughing at others and mocking those that have been hurt.  Create a world where we are at peace with those around us.  A world where we are not condemning others for what they believe but instead attempting to understand what they believe.  A world where we let those understandings seep in and determine the correct path that is uniquely ours.   A world where the external world silences enough so and each person can listen to their inner murmur.

Perhaps it is time for those that have been speaking to quiet long enough for those that have been silent to be able to listen to their inner murmur. 

Do yourself a favor, find a quiet place and write what is hidden deep in your thoughts.  Explore your inner murmur.  You may be surprised at what you find.


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Raissa Urdiales
Raissa Urdiales
Raissa lived most of her life along the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. She currently lives in the quiet city of Tega Cay, South Carolina, just across the border from the very active art community of Charlotte, North Carolina. Raissa has not always considered herself as an artist. She spent a great portion of her adult life staring into computer screens and managing computer system implementations and upgrades in the traditional corporate setting. It was through a chance paint night that she discovered her passion for painting. On her 51st birthday, she treated herself to some acrylic paints and brushes and has not stopped painting since. She balances her passion for creating with her day job as a systems analyst. In the wee hours of the morning, you will find her painting before she immerses herself in the technology that is consuming the world today. Although Raissa does not have formal training in the arts she is very conscious of the benefits it has on the human psyche. She holds a Bachelor's of Science majoring in Psychology where she focused her studies on Organizational Psychology. Through her corporate career, she has learned how to strike a balance between that which provides monetary reward and that which fulfills us as humans. For her, this balance is obtained through painting, writing, and exercise. She is currently a member of the Guild of Charlotte Artists where she exhibits select pieces during the quarterly art shows in and around the Charlotte Metropolitan Area. She has also submitted and is featured regularly in the Light Space & Time online gallery. When she is not painting or working with computer systems, she is writing. She currently has a column with BIZCATALYST 360° named “Artful Being” where she writes on topics both in and out of her corporate life to help others gain balance on what it is to be human.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Your article is so on point. I embrace your ideas and wish that every other person would too. If there is a one sentence power punch, it is this.

    Create a world where we don’t feel the need to judge one another and pick sides.

    Picking sides is where the challenge begins. Yes, go ahead pick sides. But I disagree with you does not mean I hate you. As soon as we have that mindset cooperation, communication, collaboration, breaks down.

  2. Raissa thank you for the reminder. Silence is so golden because through it we can reconnect with our inner-murmur, such an important part of our complete being. And…I loved your opening sentence. It set the stage. Thanks for sharing your inner-murmurs with us.

  3. My journey travelling across the US and Canada this past year has been a journey into silence. IT has solidified my mediation practice and allowed me to connect into nature on a much deeper level than city living has ever afforded me previously. As we move back to that city life I will be ever mindful to maintain the space for silence!

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