Baha'i News -- Escaping the rate race
Escaping the rate race
It is reassuring to know that in a corner of Swindon there is a place to escape the hustle and bustle of life. Reporter SARAH
HEATHCOTE entered the Tranquillity Zone.
TV'S Changing Rooms team could learn a lot from the organisers of
Swindon's Tranquillity Zone.
Every fortnight a cold empty room at the Health Hydro in Milton Road is transformed
into a warm and fragrant oasis of calm and well-being thanks to the efforts of the local Baha'is.
numbers of stressed Swindonians have been searching for inner peace and serenity and are discovering it in the Tranquillity Zone.
The initiative was started three years ago to help people cope with their stress. But it has become more than
that, as Fidelma Meehan, Baha'i projects co-ordinator explained.
"Beyond the stress relief the Tranquillity
Zone offers, we are finding that people who come along are becoming more aware of the need for spirituality in life," she
When you step into the Tranquillity Zone you find yourself in a mystical tent, lit with candles and strewn
with cushions, fresh flowers and oriental rugs.
"Within this meditative setting guests can sit back for 40
minutes and enjoy a restful, spiritually enriching experience of inspiring words and soothing music," said Fidelma.
"The Tranquillity Zone is nourishment for the soul and responds to a real void in our lives. In many UK towns and cities,
people are enjoying relative material prosperity and well-being through economic development. But this cannot respond to all the
needs of people today.
"The Tranquillity Zone is a significant community service project which started in
Swindon and has grown nationally and internationally.
"One of the criticisms of Swindon when it did not win
city status was that it lacked community spirit and was too much of a materialistic bid. Hopefully, through the Tranquillity Zone
and other initiatives we can contribute to strengthening the spirit of Swindon.
"Our ultimate goal is to have
a tranquillity centre in the town."
Thousands of people have already attended sessions in Swindon, sometimes
in their own working environment, as the Tranquillity Zone is mobile.
Staff at Princess Margaret Hospital and
workers at Swindon Borough Council are among those who have had their workplaces transformed.
Montaut (Lab, Moredon) experienced the Zone for himself. He said: "My experience of the Tranquillity Zone was more than just
peace and calm. It took me to a different world away from political conflicts and hostility to reflect on the kind of society I
would like to live in."
The Swindon Baha'is are members of the worldwide Baha'i faith who organise the
tranquillity zones which are free and open to people of any denomination.
The next weekend of tranquillity is set
for February 2225 at the Health Hydro. Sessions run on Thursday at 7.30pm, Friday at 1pm and 7.30pm, Saturday at 1pm and 7.30pm
and Sunday at 11am and 1pm.
Call Swindon 465715, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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