Places can be characterized by the sounds they make: cars honking, promoters calling, bees buzzing, waves crashing. It is the silence of the mind that allows for the appreciation of these sounds.
Be present, silence will follow. When you are present in the moment, you are able to silence your mind and let the sounds around you penetrate your thoughts.
It’s that deep breath you take in awe as you watch the sun rise. It’s that soft beating of your heart that pulses with the rhythm of the music. It’s that shivering rush of chills racing down your spine when you’re overwhelmed with admiration.
Silence is the lack of noise, but the beauty of silence lies within its omniscience, its infinite awareness.
So, when you’re taking a walk past the Royal Palace in Madrid, and you arrive at the Egyptian Templo de Debod, breathe in the sunset.
When you’re sitting in the audience, watching Flamenco dancers pour their passion into their swift movements and facial expressions, listen to the rhythm.
And when you hike through narrow Moroccan streets lined with crisp blue and white lines, reaching a church atop a hill, glance back at the city below.
When you embrace these silences, follow your ear to the noises around you. What do you hear? What do these places sound like?