Where Does Silence Live?

Where does silence live? Is there such a place that is null of sound?  Where we are able to think freely with no outer distractions?  Would we know what to think about?  What our unique thoughts are?

What would we think of if we weren’t entrapped in other people’s thoughts?  What would we think of if we weren’t deciding who to judge?  If we weren’t thinking of which side to take in a world that continues to try to tear us apart forcing us to choose who is right and who is wrong.  Would we be able to see the unique?  Have we re-wired our brains to only focus on those things that force us to choose sides?  Has our behavior changed where we can’t see past those speaking the loudest, arguing their point, trying to get you to join their way of thinking?

What do I see?

I see variations of color that dance and change though-out the day.  I see the magic the sun provides. I dream of what it is like as those birds gather and fly to settle in a nearby pond where they will spend their day.

I see a sun shining brightly as it makes its crest over the horizon to start a new day.  I hear birds beginning to sing and readying the family to go for breakfast.  I hear the crickets quiet as they go to sleep for the day.  I see the change of color as the sun’s rays begin to change the leaves on trees from variations of grey to vibrant colors of greens, blues, yellows, reds, oranges, and even violets.  Yes, if I really look I see the colors of the rainbow in all living things.  I see variations of color that dance and change though-out the day.  I see the magic the sun provides. I dream of what it is like as those birds gather and fly to settle in a nearby pond where they will spend their day.  Within the pond, I think of the fish breaking their motionless suspension with a flick of their tail as they glide through the water to begin their day.  I envision the beams of light illuminating the water allowing them to travel through a world that is different from ours yet is a part of the planet that we live on.

Why do our worlds need to be so different?  Why can’t we capture the beauty that surrounds us and fill our lives with purpose?  Why do we try so hard to have so much yet have so little in the way of happiness?  Why do we search for artificial intelligence at the expense of natural intelligence?  Why do we gather like moths to a light of this artificial intelligence and ignore the natural intelligence the sun shines on all of us?  Why do we stare endlessly at screens and scroll through where others have been and what others are doing instead of doing what we were meant to do, explore our surroundings, look for what makes us unique?

I’m just curious….where is the silence in the world so I can stop and listen to what I’m supposed to be doing?  Who I am?  What my contribution to the world will be?

Do you know what your purpose is?  Do yourself a favor, find the silence and explore your thoughts.  You may be surprised what uniqueness is in the unexplored world of your mind.


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.

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  1. Thank you for this beautiful essay and encouragement to be with the silence, knowing that we’ll likely still hear things, maybe the beating of our own hearts and the longings and aches that live there waiting patiently to be noticed, felt, cherished. The silence of a quiet mind connects me to my Self, no walls, no barriers, and unlimited possibilities. Meditation practice supports me in connecting deeply to my Inner Quiet Charlotte, Inner Wisdom, the witness consciousness, the experiencer of my experiences.

  2. Enjoyed your piece. We get so wrapped up in the moment that we are blind to all that exists outside of our driven focus. As an ADHD it’s exponentially magnified. The amazing thing I’ve discovered is that facing tragedy regarding ones health and recognizing your immortality automatically enhances the senses and awakens something within one where scents, sounds, lights, etc. become very intense and that curtain or veil drops giving one much greater clarity.

  3. Having just come off a year of travel in our RV – I can absolutely relate to this. I have loved being in the silence – watching the nature, noticing and observing… takes some time and effort to slow down but then we are gifted with so much beauty and the ability to tune in to the subtler occurrences in our days! Thanks for a great piece!