Baha'i News -- Forget footie, enter the tranquil zone
Forget footie, enter the tranquil zone
ENGLAND may be out of the World Cup, but people in Swindon have been finding other ways to keep themselves occupied.
A free Tranquillity Feast, an evening of calm reflection, organised by the Swindon Baha'i Project took place at the Square
Cafe in Regents Circus following England's quarter final defeat to Brazil.
And although yellow might not be the
most popular colour in light of Brazil's victory, the Prospect Hospice's `Go Yellow' appeal still managed to raise spirits in the
Street collectors were out in force on Friday to collect money for their annual Sunflower and `Go Yellow'
fundraising day and raised £90.
The Prospect Hospice, in Wroughton, improves the quality of life for people
suffering incurable illnesses, such as cancer, motor neurone disease and AIDS.
And Gillian Richardson, community
fundraiser at Prospect, said: "I had to keep telling people we're raising money for charity, not supporting Brazil.
Considering the circumstances, it was an extremely successful day."
With more `Go Yellow' festivities planned
at local schools and businesses, Prospect aims to raise £6,500 by the end of the month.
The Tranquillity Feast on
Saturday evening started off with a visit to the Tranquillity Zone, an oasis of calm where people can reflect on inspiring words
and music, specially chosen, to uplift the heart and refresh the spirit.
This was followed by a light supper as
well as a chance to socialise and ponder on an artistic presentation.
Chris Grainger, a Bahá'i artist talked about
his painting The Dawnbreakers, which was inspired by the start of the Bahá'í faith in Persia.
co-ordinator for the Swindon Baha'i project, said: "We had a few people in who were quite glum about the event and wanted to
forget about it and I think they felt a little better after they left.
"The Tranquillity Zone is an
environment specially prepared with calm music, beautiful drapes and fresh flowers. It's where people can come to escape either
disappointments or the stresses of daily life."
The Tranquillity Feast takes place every month but separate
Tranquillity Zones are put on fortnightly at the Health Hydro in Milton Road and both events are free.
feast, on the other hand is a place to meet and socialise," said Fidelma.
"Every month we have a
different theme, usually an artist element either a drama performance or a poetry reading. It's open to everyone who wants a nice
Call Swindon 465715 for more details of forthcoming events.
Anyone interested in
supporting Prospect or holding their own `Go Yellow' event can call Swindon 815142.
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