Sunday, October 25, 2009

P O R T R A I T

P O R T R A I T


She works at "The Room of Silence". Spoke a lot of India and yoga and how it helped her to overcome anxiety and have inner peace.

The Berlin Raum der Stille was inspired by the meditation room in the UN building in New York. The Swedish General Secretary of the UN, Dag Hammarskj√∂ld, who was killed in an accident in 1961, set it up for his colleagues and himself. The Berlin Room of Silence was opened in 1994 in the northern gate house of the Brandenburger Tor. It was prompted by calls from the East Berlin peace movement and taken up by people of different religions and cultural backgrounds. The Brandenburger Tor, which is the weighty symbolic emblem of the city, is a bottleneck for traffic and a magnet for tourists. It has won an unexpected counterpart in the Raum der Stille, where the noise of the city is filtered and muffled. From the visitors’ books, one learns that there is overwhelming approval of this room. Each person endows it with individual purpose and meaning, yet there seems to be an unspoken agreement that silence and peace are dependant on each other.

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