Seeking Tranquility in the City
There is a famous saying:
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”
(This goes for women, too, of course. Writer Samuel Johnson was a man of his time, after all, and ‘man’ meant everyone in those days.)
Being tired in London is another thing entirely, however. London is so busy as to be tiring, in and of itself, sometimes.
They provide an oasis of calm within a crazy, concrete jungle.
Tranquility can make us feel calm and reduce stress. Quiet spaces are vital for our well being, and periods of rest allow the body and brain to recuperate.
Longevity and even pain relief are other benefits of a tranquil space.
A ‘Tranquility Rating Prediction Tool’ has been created in order to measure the tranquility within a given area.
It assesses two factors:
1. The amount of man-made noise within that space (usually, this means traffic);
2. The percentage of greenery, nature, or pleasing architecture that is in view.
The less man-made noise, and more natural/architecturally beautiful features, that an area has, the more tranquil it is.
London, as you can imagine, is not generally very tranquil, but there are pockets of tranquility which can be scoped out and used to increase inner calm and serenity.
Included within the second point are pleasant architectural edifices, such as historic and religious building, as well as water features (e.g. fountains), and there are certainly many of these in the city.
The noise of traffic can be more difficult to get away from. In that case, if suffering from over-stimulation, stress or exhaustion, a park should be sought or one of the many day hotels which allow you to rest for an hour or two, at any time, without paying for the entire night.
An hour of womb-like peace can bring your adrenaline levels right back to normal.
London’s hustle and bustle is certainly very exciting, but tranquility needs to be balanced with this.Visitors and city dwellers alike risk suffering otherwise.